With The Help Of Our God.
What are some of your favorite examples of God using His people to do something that can only be described as an act of God? Though there are countless such examples throughout scripture, David and Goliath come to my mind. When Samuel first saw David he couldn’t believe that David was God’s anointed leader. Compared to his older, stronger, handsome, and seemingly successful brothers David simply didn’t reach the mark. Did that stop David from letting God use him? Absolutely not. In fact, David boldly stepped up to the plate when the entire Israelite army was shaking in their boots. The Israelite army had the common sense to realize that Goliath, the massive Philistine warrior, was nearly undefeatable. David seemed to exchange his common sense for a God-sized vision. David, in wisdom, was able to look past the giant impending threat of Goliath in order to see that God was at work. Not wanting to let an opportunity pass him by, David promptly volunteered to fight Goliath. When the time for battle came, David approached his formidable foe with only five smooth stones and a slingshot. After Goliath mocked both David and the God David served, David replied by confidently declaring that the LORD alone would certainly grant David the victory.
“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.’”1 Samuel 17:45-47
And that is exactly what happened. David took one shot with his slingshot, and the stone hit Goliath right between the eyes causing him to fall to the ground. Just like he declared he would, David used Goliath’s sword to chop off Goliath’s head.
What was David’s end goal? Did he desire for everyone to see what an amazing warrior he was? No. David wanted “all the earth” to “know that there is a God in Israel.” He didn’t even try to take credit. He said, “This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands.” He knew defeating the giant who mocked the one true God was an impossible task, especially for someone his size and age. Yet, he had the faith and foresight to know it was certainly not impossible for his God.
I began thinking about David and Goliath as I was reading Nehemiah. Nehemiah took on the enormously daunting task of rebuilding the city wall of Jerusalem. Rebuilding the wall was a huge undertaking in and of itself, but the job also came with some intense opposition. Israel’s enemies tried time and again to stop the wall from being built. Nehemiah’s job was sleepless, as they worked 24/7 in order to complete the wall and guard it from those trying to sabotage their progress. But God…
“So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.”Nehemiah 6:15-16
“They realized this work has been done with the help of our God.” THAT is my prayer for Josh and I’s ministry. I want everyone who looks at what we do to be absolutely amazed at what God does. I want God to do things so huge, so impactful, and so eternally significant that people can’t help but acknowledge, “this work has been done with the help of our God.”
Please join me in praying for the new school year at Malawi Children’s Mission, starting in a less than a month. The new year will bring new programming for our ministry. Young Men’s Initiative will fully begin. We are praying that these boys learn practical lessons that their typically absentee fathers don’t teach them, as well as hear life-changing spiritual truths that will point them to their Heavenly Father. Josh will also be leading a teacher discipleship program for MCM’s administrators. They will be working through the Chronological Bible Teaching program, which Josh has already been using in weekly Bible Assembly. Continue to pray that we are able to foster intimate relationships with both MCM students and admin, so that the sake of Christ may be proclaimed. May God use what little we can offer, multiply it, and cause the watching world to realize, “this work has been done with the help of our God.”