TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, January 21, 2019:
To challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly; to oppose.
Then the Philistine said, this day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.
I Samuel 17:10
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When we think of the word defy it brings to mind the account in I Samuel 17 about David and Goliath.
The Philistine army had gathered its troops to fight the Israelites. The Israelites camped on a hill and the Philistines were on the opposite hill across a valley. In those days two armies often chose their best warriors to fight each other to end a conflict in order to avoid the bloodshed of an all-out war. The winner of the fight between the two warriors was considered the winner of the battle.
The Biblical account tells us that Goliath, the Philistine, came out and stood on the hill shouting out to the Israelites challenging them to send a warrior out to fight him. Goliath was over nine feet tall and was greatly feared by Saul and the Israelites. Goliath was very confident not only because of his height and strength but because of his shield, sword and heavy armor. The scripture tells us that Goliath came out every morning for forty days to defy Israel. No one had the courage to volunteer to fight this giant.
David, at that time came to the battle field to visit his brothers who were in Saul’s army. He heard Goliath taunting the Israelites and David reacted by saying, “Who does this Philistine think he is that he can defy the armies of God?” This was totally unacceptable in David’s mind. The Israelites army looked at Goliath and saw a heavily armed giant; but David looked at Goliath and saw just a man who had the shameless audacity to defy the armies of the living God.
David went to Saul and told him that he wanted to go and fight the giant. Saul offered David his armor and his sword but David chose to go against Goliath with only the weapons of a shepherd, his staff, his sling shot and five stones. Goliath came to battle as the giant warrior of the Philistines. David came to battle in the name of the Lord.
Goliath looked down on David with contempt. As David looked up at Goliath he must have looked terrifyingly huge and menacing. From a human perspective David had no chance to defeat Goliath. David did not focus on the size of his enemy but on the Lord.
What a difference in perspective. Both the Israelites and the Philistines saw Goliath as a tall, strong and mighty warrior who had never been defeated. David saw Goliath as a mere mortal man who was defying Almighty God.
Goliath didn’t realize that in fighting David he had to fight God. Goliath trusted in his own strength and was defeated. David trusted God to give him the victory.
David killed Goliath with just one stone shot from his sling shot. When the Philistines saw their giant warrior was dead, they turned and ran.
As James tells us, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.”
There are two important things that we learn from David’s victory over Goliath:
First, no man can defy God and win. Goliath defied God.
Secondly, no battle is too big for God. With God all things are possible.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 57:1.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
Help me to be faithful in honoring You in all that I do. Keep me from defying You by neglecting to do what You want me to do. Guide me in all of my actions and in the words that come from my mouth this day.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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