Facing Goliath.

Sometimes, on days like these, I feel like I’m a young David, where Goliath is towering over me and my only option is to strike him down before he reaches me. We all have days like that I think, where our problems seem to block out the sun and there’s no way around, just straight through.

Well if you haven’t read my last post, “Nothing to Fear but God,” I talk about how there’s nothing we face that God can’t protect us from. I don’t know David personally, so I can’t say whether or not he was afraid, but he provides an excellent example on how to handle problems.

“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” 1 Samuel 17:48

This verse was pointed out once during a sermon when I was younger and I absolutely love it. This occurs after David has already proclaimed his victory in the name of the Lord. This means that a boy not only stood up to a giant warrior, but he ran out to meet him. What does this say for us?

It gives us the formula we need to face our greatest obstacles. When the only option is to move straight through, cry out your success in the name of God, because a success for His glory is the only one that matters. I think a good term here is, “hit your knees.” Submit yourself completely to God in the face of your giant. Once you’ve done that, run straight at it and remember, God raises warriors from shepherds.

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:49

David took out a weapon he had used before to defend his flock against a lion and a bear. God empowers us with the tools we train with, and today our greatest weapon against giants is the Word of God. You should train in it every day, practicing against your lions and your bears, so that on days like today when a giant towers over you, you’ve got a tool to reach for.

So today I pray, that when your giants tower over you, that you remember David, the boy who toppled his giant.

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God Bless

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Nothing to fear but God.

I have not been at my current job long, but if I’ve learned one thing it’s that the people who spend their lives building up this world day by day are scared; terrified even. I’ve always been a dreamer so I’ll be getting rich sometime this weekend… next weekend at the latest, but for most people every bump in the economic road is enough to cause a “go-hide-in-the-bunker” style panic. Sadly, the more I listen to it the more I feel myself becoming one of them.

My growing family doesn’t help the matter. When I chose to follow Christ it was after I had gotten attached to the Left Behind series so I was  already pumped up for the end of the world, privately wishing I’d be left behind so that I could live out some of those epic adventures in the name of God. Now I think of the end of the world and I have loose ends to tie up, people I care about, and a barrage of opinions from different sources about what will actually happen with varying degrees of how terrible it will be for me and my family. So am I brave now? Probably not. I’m definitely getting more fond of bunkers.

Last of all, I’m finally old enough to understand what people mean when they say the news is scary. All my life I’ve heard people complain about it, but I’ve never understood why. Now I’m old enough to listen to the reports, the crashes, the corruption, the madmen, the wars, the death, and anything else the media sees fit to share with the general public.

“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” Genesis 15:1

I’ll admit, I enjoy video games. Not frequently, but when I need a fix there’s not much that can pull me away, and one of my current favorites is SkyrimNow in this particular game, I have the option of throwing on a bunch of armor and swinging sword and shield to victory. Tons of people do it, it works, but for me that just doesn’t cut it. I don’t care how great you are at blocking with that shield, if you’re going up against a dragon or a giant, you’re probably going to get crushed. (To any sword and shield Skyrim players who might read this, kudos to you.) I just prefer the easier road of the mage.

The easiest way to get far in the game is to master your Summoning Attribute (which you can do really early) and hide behind a couple of Storm Atronachs every time someone tries to hurt you. This is more like the shield I like to imagine when I see this verse. God can be a round piece of metal on my arm and He can guard me as long as I have the strength to wave Him around, or I can give myself over to Him and watch Him turn the chase back on my enemies while I regroup and shoot arrows from the corner.

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” Isaiah 8:12-13

The bottom line is this; if we believe God created everything, knows how everything will end, and has already prepared his victory speech, things like corruption, madmen, failing economy, and everything else that sends us running, are all little things. The only thing in this entire world you should fear when trusting in God, is God, and the good news is that He’s on your side. So next time you hear some bad news or you don’t know if you should spend your next paycheck on bills or the blueprints for a bomb shelter, stop for a moment and ask God to stand in for a second while you regroup.

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God Bless

 

I Can’t.

Can God create a rock so hard, that God Himself cannot break it?

For years, this question was a thorn in my side and a flaw in the logic of Christianity. You’ll notice that it’s a very loaded question. Answer “Yes,” and you’ll see how quickly someone can dispute God being “All Powerful” but you answer no, thinking that He is all-powerful, and you’ve just beaten yourself.

I asked my youth pastor at the time and his response was laced in self-doubt and frustration, exclaiming that the question at its core was invalid and nonsensical. I do have the answer though! The only problem is that when we find ourselves facing such a seemingly perfect argument, obstacle, or what have you, it’s easy to forget what you stand for.

I stumbled on the answer in a personal revelation a couple of months ago and was so frustrated that I didn’t have it when I needed it. I just wanted to back to ninth grade and throw the answer in my girlfriend’s face. I know. It was my girlfriend who asked me. There’s a reason The Bible says, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers…” 2 Corinthians 6:14. It’s just a headache.

So anyway. Now, almost seven years later, I have an answer I’m satisfied with and am willing to share in order to publicly discredit this foul question, and it starts with a verse.

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Now this doesn’t really put us anywhere new, but you have to remember that God is more than just God. God lowered Himself down and became man. Jesus was fully human who did all things in the name of God. What does that mean? That means that God the Father can make a rock that God the Son, physically does not have the strength to break. Why? Because He’s just a man.

Now, I’ll go even one step further and say that God DID create a rock that God Himself could not break. Any rock. Go outside, pick up a solid rock, and try to break it with your bare hands. If you can’t, odds are Jesus could not have either. But there’s a catch there too… Jesus calmed storms, raised the dead, and transformed water into wine. He can break a rock.

“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

So to sum up, Can God create a rock that God Himself can’t break?

Yes. We have a God so perfect that He can circumvent even that argument. God, the Father, can create a rock that God, the Son, cannot break without His blessing through God, the Spirit.

Okay great, so this question is forever invalidated. Now how does this actually help me?

I work in a place where the phrase, “I can’t,” is scoffed at, mocked, abhorred, and at best puts me in the passenger seat while I watch someone else do exactly what I just said was impossible. Sometimes it’s so easy to see that perfect argument, obstacle, or what have you and just want to back away, but we have a God who can go head to head and win against all of that. When you reach a problem you can’t get through, don’t give up, just remember that God has the answer for you. Somewhere. Even if it’s seven years away, He’s got the answer for you and with Him, you’ll win in the end. Always.

Ever been asked a question that absolutely stopped you in your tracks like this one did for me? Leave a comment and I’ll use every resource I have to try to get the answer for you.

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God Bless

Welcome

“And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.” 1 Kings 3:11-12

These two verses really make a big first step in defining what this blog is all about. My ultimate goal is that, through prayer and study, I will uncover nuggets of wisdom that relate to everyday people that I can share with all of you. While we will never reach Solomon’s level, I hope that together we can get as close to it as possible.