Greetings from the Moderator OCTOBER 2021
It is human and normal to get discouraged when you are facing a challenge that you have no solution for. It may be the economy or the lurking storms in the Caribbean or just the normal world that you face every day that can make you feel that you want to run away from it all.
In 1 Samuel 17:32 we find the following: David said to Saul, "Let no one's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
The army of Israel was freaking out. They were discouraged, afraid and without hope. In front of them stood this warrior that seemed invincible. An armored fighter, a giant of a man that mocked them and challenged them to fight him. “What a man” they would say and turn away to hide in their hideout.
David brought food for his brothers on the battlefield and when he saw and heard this giant of a soldier challenging the Israelites, he turned to King Saul and said to him that they should not get discouraged for this challenge (Goliath) can be beaten.
David’s secret as he sang praise songs while watching over his flock of sheep, was that he realized that nothing could stand in the way of the amazing power of God. Maybe he looked at the stars more or weathered the storms more than the others, but one thing is for sure that in his exposure to nature and the things he experienced, he met a God that he knew could do it all. And he trusted Him to do it!
So many times, we confess our faith in the Lord but when we have to face a challenge - it is then the time to actually believe what we say in our confessions. That our God is the all mighty God who created heaven and earth and can do things beyond what we imagine.
Sometimes David also got discouraged and sad but he knew that if he involved God in every part of his life - God will keep him upright.
Back to our story: Maybe the main difference between the soldiers and David was that when the soldiers of Israel saw Goliath they said “what a huge man” but when David saw him he said : “ what a huge target – with Gods help I can’t miss!”
God will not take all our problems away, but He will help us to look at them differently and help us to handle it. The important thing is that as we freak out about our Goliath’s, God is already standing next to us with all His power and might. Turn to Him and trust IN HIM and lamentations can change into praise.