Some saw the spiritual insight on how to slay the “giants” in one’s life from the battle of David and Goliath. But I saw this important lesson from the biblical text itself – contending for the honor of God’s name even against “giants” of power and authority.
1 Sam 17:24,26
24 All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid… 26 And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and TAKES AWAY THE REPROACH from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should DEFY the armies of the living God?”
We read in Exodus of how God honored the Levites to serve Him when they contended for God’s honor by killing even their own brothers and sisters for worshipping the golden calf. Ex 32:26-29.
Do we dare to contend for God’s name and honor today ? Or we simply cower and ignore all the taunting and dishonoring of God’s name in the name of tolerance or non-judgmental stance ?
One day, we will be persecuted and hurled before the authorities just for the name sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 21:12-17. Will we be ashamed of Him ? If we are not doing so right now in the face of mild persecution, how can we face more severe persecution in the near future ?