Read: 1 Samuel 17.16 (NRSV)
The Philistines were at war with Israel and Judah. Each day they made their presence known through intimidation. Standing ready to pounce, it was unnerving for God’s People to live with that pressure and ultimately live in fear of anticipated defeat. David hears the fears and takes action to confront the mighty warrior, Goliath, the champion of the Philistine camp. We know how David trusted God’s help to defeat the giant and give victory to his people with God’s strength. Think of the people that threaten you and your faith. Hear those who use the instruments of politics and social media to shame and attack those who trust God’s righteousness. Also, stop, and reflect on those who might be intimidated by your words, actions, or presence. Good people protecting a narrow view of what it means to be the body of Christ waste the most energy and divert the church from its core mission. With God’s strength, you too can become the character of God who faces the giants of 2021.
Action Plan: Pick up a rock that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. What can one stone do to hurt and to heal? Consider those who use God’s name and word to taunt the People of God. God who is love and goodness, sets the rules about what is loving and good. Many times we are judged as the enemy when we are seen as the oppressor. Be ready to let stones be road signs of our spiritual journey and not weapons that divide, taunt, shame, and kill.
Prayer: Let the stones of this world grind God’s good grain that we might become the bread of life and the righteousness of God for the world. Let us speak your word with confidence and truth. Amen.