Shabbat Shalom Fellow Believers …
Praise Yahuah for another Sabbath day as a sacred respite in time given to mankind that we may worship our Eternal Creator.
To refresh your memory for our theme today, please take a moment to read through this Scripture found in first Samuel chapter 17:3-51.
Giants in the Land
3 The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him.
8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid…
38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of Yahuah of hosts, the Alahim of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day Yahuah will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is an Alahim in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that Yahuah does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Yahuah’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 1 Samuel 17
To be sure, we could draw many lessons from this Scripture; one of them being trust and obedience …
David knew that Yahuah was on his side as he said to Goliath, “I come to you in the name of Yahuah of hosts… This day Yahuah will deliver you into my hand.” Trusting in Yahuah, all David carried with him to battle against this heathen, was his sling and 5 stones, whereas this giant wore about 200 pounds of armor. Not the most equal exhibit of a man to youth combat! Yahuah had set things in motion and He knew exactly what the outcome would be. The Eternal Alahim of Israel ordained to place His majesty on exhibit to these Philistines, as the ONE TRUE Eternal Yahuah Alahim.
There was a whoosh of one stone flying through the air and that’s all it took, just one stone, as Goliath fell like a sack of potatoes. Imagine the faces of the shocked enemy as they fled from this scene!
I don’t know what your intimidating GIANT is today. It may relate to your job, your school, or perhaps it is a person, a lawsuit, unemployment, a disaster … or maybe even your partner in life, or a son or daughter. Or perhaps it is some fear that has crept in around the corner, sucking the energy out of you and draining your trust.
No matter what the situation is— Yahuah is saying to you right now, “All I ask of you is to obey by taking 5 smooth stones and a sling of trust. I’ll take it from there. You don’t have to wear somebody else’s armor. You just trust Me. And I’ll strip you down to nothing but trust, and then I’ll accomplish a victory where I’ll get the honor. But you must … trust and obey Me.”
None of us knows what lies within our valley in this life we live.
Maybe you can’t get a handle on that worry that is in your heart and say in trusting assurance to Yahuah … “the battle is Yours, I’ll lean on You, committing to you in obedience. I’ll stand before You … trusting only YOU.” As difficult as this may be we all need to cross that valley and stop the worrying. It is Yahuah’s love for us that causes Him to bring us to an end of our own strength. Have you ever found yourself in that place? I most assuredly have.
He sees our need to trust Him more fully and His love is so great toward us that He will not let us live another day without having us surrender ourselves to Him. By giving Him our fears, our worries, even our confusion, so that nothing becomes more significant to us than our Father; this is what will see us through when we have GIANTS IN THE LAND.
In the chaos around us let us never forget … the battle is Yahuah’s … He is in CONTROL of all things!
Behold, Yahuah’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear, Isaiah 59:1.
Be still, and know that I am Alahim: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth. Yahuah of hosts is with us; the Alahim of Jacob is our refuge, Psalm 46:11.
But thanks be to Yahuah, who gives us the triumphant success through our Master, Yahusha the Messiah. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Song – Wait on Yahusha ~ Stewart Taylor
Song – Psalm 91 ~ Sons of Korah
Praise Yahuah and Yahusha! His compassion endures for ever.
Prepared by Debbie and Kerrie of The Creator’s Calendar Team.