Monday, February 8, 2016

David's Secret Weapon: The real message of the battle with Goliath is not that the underdog wins, but that things are not always as they are seen.

In this story, God is a constant, unseen presence, and faith in Him is a matter not so much of revelation and miraculous intervention than of proper conduct in circumstances where there is no manifest proof of God’s will. Armed with that view, David succeeds.


Anonymous said...

And a lot of practice with your weapon system is a good thing too, don't ya know!

Anonymous said...

Gods place in victory comes after the battle. Everything else is training logistics and execution--Ray

Gene Urtel said...

Even the best baseball pitcher could not throw a strike every time. No one could be that good. Yet the size of Goliath's forehead, that was unguarded by his helmet, was a much smaller area than a strike zone.
Thus it was the Lord that guided that single stone to go, not to the nose or to an eye, but to the most vulnerable spot on Goliath that was not covered with armor.
See the truth in - "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it"(Psalm 127:1)!
Years before David had put himself on the Lord's side through repentance and gospel faith. As a result, the Lord was for him, not against him, and blessed him when he carried out his God-appointed duties, even if it would take a miracle.

May we also learn this lesson.

Gene Urtel - The Rivertown Press

Fred said...

David believed. Put that in your arsenal.

Anonymous said...

The lesson on that passage of Scripture is the Word of God. David was God's anointed, ordained by a prophet of God. His Word will be fulfilled, and it doesn't matter what the odds are.

Anonymous said...

Funny that, NONE of you are "ordained" by name to be anything according to your religious why do you ASSUME that "he" is watching over you...Scratching the dirty bottom of the barrel to find a reason to be courageous and brave yet you ignore the most basic things about battle or war.

Sun Tzu:

18. All warfare is based on deception.

17. Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

18. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

1. Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.

2. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. 3. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.

4. Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

5. Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.

6. Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.


Sign Me, Neal Jensen

Anonymous said...

What does scripture tell you about WINNING the war you are facing NOW, or what does it say about SAVING YOUR OWN LIFE in this conflict?

Sorry, I will stick to seasoned warfighters advice and instructions before I will stick to mysticism and "faith". Faith didn't save the Christians fed to lions in Rome, Faith didn't save Jews in Hitler's Germany, didn't save the Christians in Lenins Revolution in Russia, Faith didn't save Christians in Syria or Iraq against the Saudi and western supported supported ISIS, is not saving Christians in Europe against the Islamic invasion and it will not save CHRISTIANS in the USA from Obama and his henchmen and their Islamic invasion either....

What does faith get you? Dead.

Sign ME, Neal Jensen

Anonymous said...

Define "save" Neal........ If those martyrs were correct in their beliefs, then they *were* saved in spite of the fact that their mortal bodies may be dead.

A related question: What does life get you? Dead. Only way around that one may be faith.

Chiu ChunLing said...

Death comes for us all, in time. Faith will be a worthy thing to have in that pass.

And in war, there must be sacrifices. A military that cannot withstand casualties is pointless. A good commander minimizes losses, but cannot eliminate them without surrendering all hope of victory. "Tao causes the people to be in complete accord with their leader, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger." Your forces must share a moral vision for which they are willing to die. Without that, no commander can be effective.

We all must believe the cause of freedom is worth our lives to defend. One who does not believe it cannot lead effectively. One who does believe it will risk death in the faith that it will have meaning and open the way for others. And if God prospers him, that one may gain the experience to command.

There is no fault in seeking to know and emulate the attributes of a successful commander. At the very least, we should have sufficient idea of effective command to know whom is qualified to lead. And it is likely that any one now preparing to fight may be required to lead some who have been less well-prepared in some exigency. But the foundation of all effective command is a shared faith in a cause worth risking our lives, whether we lead, follow, or act alone.

I was certain that we would suffer great losses long before I calculated that we would ultimately achieve victory. I am still no less certain that many must die before we will really be effectively ordered towards the objective. I have no qualms about being one of them.

I believe freedom will prevail, whether or not I see it with mortal eyes.