Bring Him Down
And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” — 1 Samuel 17:26
It's interesting that David walks into this giant situation and asserts this question — "What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine?" He intends it as a rhetorical question. But I think David was trying to point out the irony of the moment. For it was obvious that the dare offered by this giant man left tens of thousands of men paralyzed. Men trained for war, dressed for war, ventured to war, shouted for war, but not at war. And in this bold question, David clarifies something important — that no human reward should ever be necessary to motivate a God-fearing man against any enemy who has brought disdain to God. And in posing this question, young David is condemning the spiritual apathy of these so-called godly men.
You know, I don't think God is looking for more spiritually apathetic men. He is looking for men who are both spiritually convicted and live with godly convictions. He is looking for just one more man who will bring the giant down—men who will war with the giant of apathy that lies within their own hearts. And in time, as you learn to fight, you may be called on to stand up and speak out for what is righteous — just like David was here.
Are you with me? Are you all in? Are you ready today to fight the battle with the war of apathy in your heart?
ASK THIS: What war with apathy are you ready to fight?
DO THIS: Confess your apathy by sharing it below, and I will be praying for you today. (Share it in the comment section below.)
PRAY THIS: God, I am ready to go to war with my apathy within.
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