9. Stand up and be counted

David brought a big victory for Israel when he defeated Goliath. He trusted in God inexplicitly and through His grace David killed Goliath. The Philistines couldn't believe it when they saw their hero fall. They ran off the moment they saw it. They didn't honor their agreement. Do you remember their agreement? Goliath proclaimed that if someone were to kill him, they would be the servants of Israel, but if he killed the one coming against him, Israel would be their servants. Now of course they never in their wildest dreams thought that someone will actually kill Goliath and therefore they made this silly agreement. But the moment the unthinkable happened they ditched the agreement and fled.

Hasn't this happened many times to us as well? Either we make silly promises because we think it will never happen, or people we enter into agreement with make a U-turn the moment things don't go their way. I think the lesson here is that we should think carefully before we enter into an agreement with anyone. We should be prepared to honor that agreement even if things do not go our way.

But on the other hand, if we acted honorably, and really kept to our side of the bargain and the other party decides not to honor it, we can be certain that God will be with us and help us. He certainly was with the Israelites. The moment Goliath was defeated the Philistines ran with the Israelites in hot pursuit:

"Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents." 1 Samuel 17:52, 53

God helped the Israelites in a mighty way. Just a few verses back they were trembling, scared to death, but this one heroic act of David spurred them on and they solidly defeated their enemy. God didn't take kindly to the fact that the Philistines didn't honor their part of the agreement and He helped the Israelites to not only defeat them, but to be enriched as well by taking all the Philistines had. God is faithful and will help His people. And the same is true today. If you are honest in your business and personal dealings, God will fight for you and help you to be even better off than you would have been if the other party had honored their part of the bargain.

One man's absolute trust in God spurred on a whole nation and saved them from certain bloodshed. It is wonderful to see what one man's faith can do. Today also we should never think that we cannot make a difference on our own. We truly can. Our faith and trust in God can influence more than we think and can lead to supernatural events happening. One act of absolute faith can snowball and change a whole nation. Think about that the next time you are led by His Spirit to do something. You have the ability to influence a nation. God has given it to you. You only need to stand up and be counted.

Father thank you that we can know that You will always fight for us. We look up to You and we praise You! Give us the courage to take a stand for You and to proclaim our faith for all to see. We want people to see You in us. All glory on High! Amen

1 comment for “9. Stand up and be counted”

  1. Gravatar of TanTan
    Posted Monday, 04 November 2019 at 12:36:17 PM

    100‰ Word of Truth for me and Dirk. Thank you, Lord!

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