Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thank's for Goliath

I wonder if David ever thanked God for Goliath. I wonder if he thanked God for Saul's javelin, or for the cave of Adullam. I am sure that David prayed about Goliath as he gathered stones from the brook, I am sure that he prayed the kind of prayer that Jesus prayed in Gethsemane. Father, if there is any other way, let it be so. I am sure that David prayed for his Goliath to go away, for him to just give up and go fight somebody else. I do not think for a minute that David would have asked God to bring Goliath at him head on, but that is exactly what God did. David, did not pray for God to help him escape Goliath, in fact in 1 Samuel 17:48 it says that David ran to meet Goliath. Far too many of our prayers go unanswered because we are asking God to remove the very Goliaths he has purposefully brought into our lives. For some reason we see these obstacles as God's punishment or lack of attention, so we plead with him to remove them, when God is saying don't run away, run toward your Goliath. After all, the verse before that tells us that David told Goliath that "the battle is the LORD's." If God had made David's Goliath go away, then we would not even know of him today. What is your Goliath? What are you desperately asking God to take away? What are you praying that God would help you get out of that God wants you go through. I think that before the giant's bones turned to dust, that David was able to thank God for not making his Goliath go away. So... run. Not away, but run ahead.