Goliath was scary, to be sure. More than tall, he had armor, weapons & enough confidence for his entire army. No Israelite wanted to fight him & die, or be the reason that Israel would become servants to the Philistines. Enter David, the harp-player & sheep-tender. Of all the valiant warriors with Saul, no one stepped up to defy Goliath, except this upstart teenager whose confidence was grounded firmly in Jehovah, the God of Israel.
The same rings true for us today. There’s always giants, intimidation, opposition & scary reasons to run, hide & blend in with everyone else. Let’s be David & stand on God’s side rather than align with fear, what’s popular & paralyzed insecurity. Never forget:
perfect love casts out fear
greater is He who is in you than any Goliath, roaring lion or lying devil!
This is a day when we remember our Dads & celebrate their contributions to our lives. While there are probably many great things that our dads did for us, there might also be some of their shortcomings that could sting us, particularly on this day. Indeed, neither our mother or father have been perfect & their deficiencies can have a negative effects on us.
However, perhaps it is exactly these deficiencies that motivate us to reach & search beyond human frailties. Maybe our search for perfect love is nothing less than our Heavenly Father inviting us into a deeper relationship w Him. In Romans 8:16 it says, “the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God”. From this truth, we can accept that the only perfect parent is found in God & as the perfect parent, He loves us with perfect love. From this truth, we can all celebrate Fathers Day w genuine gratitude 🙂