Here is a thought for the day: listening to a series of sermons from Alistair Begg about David vs Goliath, the comment from David that caught my attention the most so far was this, in response to Goliath’s first threat to give David’s flesh to the beast and the birds. David said, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with 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 defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand. They say that David was no more than 16 years old. To say “the lord will deliver you into my hand and I will CUT OFF YOUR HEAD. . .” Two things struck me. 1. David, with the balls to go head to head with Goliath with the “trash talk,” and 2 the faith that he had that Goliath had to be put down not for the sake of the Israelites but for the sake of God. It was GOD that David was defending not himself. And the fortitude to stand up to the world knowing who is God was is amazing coming from a teenager. It was a “no-brainer” for David to do what he did for the sake of not letting foolish people defile his God.
I hope that we are able to pass our values to our children in a way that has them so deeply rooted in who they are and who the belong to.