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Bravado Is Not Bravery

“David didn’t kill Goliath because he set out to slay giants. He set out to give sandwiches to his brothers, and Goliath got in the way.” -Rich Mullins

Often we think we have to fight the ‘big’ fight. We have to get in there and duke it out and strive for victory over a foe that is twice our size, triple our strength, and backed by legions just like him. What would you do if you were faced with that kind of threat and the only things you had to fight with were a few stones and a sling? More often than not I believe I would – and have – tuck tail and run for the nearest cave, then complained to the Good Lord about putting little old me up against that kind of trouble. I can be such a complainer…

David didn’t wake up one morning looking for a giant to topple. His dad found him in the fields with the sheep and told him to go and bring some food to his brothers and bring back word that they were alright. That was his purpose…that was his assignment. It wasn’t to brandish a sword or even bring one with him just in case. He went to take care of his brothers at his father’s request…and there just happen to be some giants in the way.

David’s mission to serve his brothers was paramount to any other struggle or difficulty he might face. While everyone else was looking at the giants and cowering at their size and strength and numbers, David was seeing his brother’s need knowing what he had to do. He didn’t have any special tools or weapons or even armor. He didn’t have a hidden dagger or flaming arrows. He didn’t need to shout mantras to the heavens and claim the victory before the battle was engaged. He simply found a stone, put it in his sling and sank it into the giants forehead. He used what he had in that moment and the Good Lord made that stone hit its mark to fell the foe.

We do not need to go about pounding our chest and hurling insults at the enemy like the giants do. Bravado is not bravery. We do not need to hide in a cave fearing the sheer size of the battle we face. Courage does not cower. All we need to do is stand in the knowledge that an Almighty God can to great things through a willing servant…and then do what we can on behalf of those around us.

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