We all know the story of David and Goliath. Goliath of Gath stood over 9 feet tall. He had been trained as a warrior since he was a young child. So not only was he tall he was also muscular and well equipped as a warrior. He was pretty confident that he could defeat anyone the Israelites threw at him. He showed no fear at all in taunting the armies of the Lord. And the armies of the Lord accommodated him by cowering. They had forgotten the Lord was their protector.
God raised up David, a young man who was short and ruddy. A young man who watched his father’s sheep. Who had defended those sheep by killing bears and lions with his bare hands. David knew that his trust was in the Lord and that God would give Goliath into his hands. We all know the story of how David defeated him and went on to be the king of Israel. You can read the story in 1 Samuel 17.
Looking through the bible Israel faced many more Goliaths. Each time they prayed and sought the Lord God, He delivered them from their enemies. We see in 2 Chronicles 20 how King Jehoshaphat and Judah were faced with the a threat of a vast army from the Moabites, Ammonites with some of the Meunites. Instead of cowering, Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the temple. He prayed
"O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah in verse 14. In verses 15 to 17 he said; "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you."
I love how the story ends in verses 18-24
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper. "And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
"Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever."
Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
Right now our school and church are facing a Goliath. Two years ago some officials from the government school board showed up at our door and asked us by what authorization did we have a school? They wanted to see our permit and declared we couldn’t have a school here. We deferred it our lawyer and that was the last we’d heard about until about three weeks ago when they showed up at our door again with some kind of summons. We again deferred it to our lawyer. They were demanding to see our school records and wanted to know the names of all the students that attend here. Information we are not about to give them. You see the school boards here get money from the government for every child that attends their schools. They are not interested in the welfare and schooling of our children. They are more interested in the money they get. The public school system has become one big failure and many parents are looking for alternatives. Morals in the public schools have gone out the window. They can’t even keep their teachers as the stress level has become so high that in the last three years three thousand teachers quit.
We have a meeting with our lawyer and the head of our association of Christian schools on May 10th. At that time we will find out what our options are. We do know that the provincial government would like to close many private schools and may be targeting ours. Our trust is in God. We know the things we are doing are right and according to God’s word. We have know fear as we know the battle is indeed the Lord’s. We just have to pray and like Jehosephat worship the Lord and extol His praises. Please pray for us as well after you read this.
Are you facing any enemies in your life right now? Giants that seem to want to overwhelm you? Fear is our enemies greatest weapon. He will try to puff himself up in front of you and make feel as if you don`t have any hope. You need to get on your knees and look to God. He is the same God that helped David defeat Goliath and Jehosaphat defeat the armies that were against him. He will be with you in the same way. Don`t worry about what to do or say. God will give you the wisdom or the words you need to speak. His strength is made perfect in your weakness and He loves to show Himself strong on our behalf. He is a big daddy that watches out for His children. So get out your slingshot. You`ve got a giant to slay.
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