Category Archives: David

Is There Not A Cause

The giant’s incredible size loomed over the valley as he hurled his insults toward the army of Israel.  He was a champion among the Philistine warriors, and everyone knew why: he was huge!  Several feet taller than the average man, no one could hope to survive hand to hand combat with Goliath of Gath.  No one, that is, except a youngster named David.  Armed with faith in God, David displayed remarkable courage as he challenged and then defeated this giant of a man.  His confrontation with Goliath is a truly remarkable display of faith, courage, conviction, impressing on us the victory God gives those who rely on Him (1 Samuel 17:1-58).

David’s brothers scolded him when they heard of his proposal to fight Goliath.  David’s response was simple and persuasive: “Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam. 17:29).  His declaration reminds us that even today there are many giants that defy the army of the living God, causes still exist that move the faithful to action.  We are in the Lord’s army, and our faith equips us to fight His foes (Eph. 6:10-18).  When the enemy seems much too large for us to defeat, our faith must cling to the power and truth of God.  God assures victory to His people who trust and obey Jesus Christ (Rev. 11:15; 17:14).

Is There Not A Cause?

The enemy of false doctrine must be battled.

Contending for the faith is not fashionable to many these days (Jude 3-4).  When a soldier of the cross engages in a battle of faith with a false teacher over his false doctrine, the advocate of error often gets more sympathy, respect and encouragement than the one standing for the truth.  Nevertheless, wherever error tries to infiltrate the church and hold men captive, a cause exists that compels the faithful to action (Gal. 2:4-5).  Do you join the brothers of David in faithlessly rebuking faithful conflict against error?  Or, in the day of battle, do you join the fray and hold up the hands of those fighting the good fight of faith

The enemy of worldliness is a formidable giant which we must engage in battle.

The world defies the armies of the living God every day.  Living amidst the enticements of the world induces some Christians to retreat from the high and holy ground they have gained with Christ as their Captain (Heb. 12:1-2).  Soldiers of Christ can be intimidated into silence and inaction by this giant enemy of faith.  Others succumb to the power of worldliness (1 Pet. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 2:18-22; Rom. 13:12-14; Gal. 5:19-21).  Like David, we must stand our ground by living holy lives, trusting in God to deliver us from the enemy’s assaults (1 Cor. 10:13).

The enemy of complacency is an insidious giant.

Complacency infects Christians with a lethargic approach to godliness.  Complacency is an intimidating opponent.  Complacency leads to neglect, procrastination, toleration and compromise with sin.  Complacency prevents the lost from being Christians.  It causes the strong to grow weak and the weak to grow weaker.  However, through faith, this giant can also be slain (Rom. 12:11).

David knew the urgency of stopping the mouth of Goliath.  Like David, we must assess the causes for which we fight to be sure we are on the Lord’s side (Matt. 12:30).  Then, as soldiers of Christ, let us engage the enemy.  With faith in God and His power to deliver us from the foe, let us “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12; see 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-13).

By Joe R. Price; The Spirit’s Sword, 10/4/15

We Were That Bad

Sin is not just failing to hit the mark, a mistake, a character flaw, or a problem that needs to be handled.  Sin is awful…exceptionally bad or displeasing to God (Eph 2:1-3; 1 Pet 4:1-3; Rom 3:10-18), no matter who’s sinning (Rom 3:23; 1 John 1:8).  David proved the point (1 Chronicles 21:1-30).

I. CONSIDER DAVID’S SIN

A. Taking a census
1. It was a temptation (1 Chron 21:1)
2. It was avoidable (1 Chron 21:3)
3. It was punishable (1 Chron 21:14)

II. CONSIDER GOD’S JUDGMENT

A. Death for disobedience
1. There are no minor infractions

B. Life for obedience
1. There must be repentance (1 Chron 21:16-17)
2. There must be sacrifice (1 Chron 21:18, 24-26)

C. Another altar for sin (1 Chron 21:28-30)
1. A new site (Tabernacle)
2. A future site (Temple)
3. A historic site (Abraham)
4. A prophetic site (The Lamb of God)

III. CONSIDER YOURSELF

A. You sin, like David
1. Take another look at sin (Rom 3:23; Heb 10:31)

B. You need a sacrifice, like David
1. Take another look at the price (1 Pet 1:18-21; Rom 5:6-9; 1 Pet 2:24; Heb 13:10-14)

As David was forgiven of his trespass, you can be forgiven too.
(Romans 6:3-7)

A Special Friendship

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.  TIMOTHY! BE DILIGENT TO COME TO ME QUICKLY” (2 Tim 4:6-9).

Apart from our parents our friends probably influence us more than anyone else.  For that reason, Paul warns of the danger of keeping the wrong kind of company (1 Cor 15:33).  We can also see the beauty of the proper kind of association in the relationship Paul sustained with Timothy.  When the crisis of life knocks at our door from time to time, most of us want someone to stand by us and share the burden.  For Christians, this “someone” is generally a comrade in the gospel who is a spiritual strength ant influence in our lives.

The friendship of David and Jonathan aptly illustrates this principle.  As Saul was attempting to murder David because of jealously, David had to flee to the wilderness to escape a cruel death from his own king, whom he had loyally served.  David was hiding out in the woods.  No doubt, Saul’s envy made this a very distressful time for David.  The Scriptures reveal that at this point, “Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God” (1 Sam 23:16).

What more can one Christian do for another?  Those who are genuinely devoted to Christ and have nurtured a love for spiritual things generally develop a strong spiritual bond with someone of the same persuasion and conviction.  It is a natural sequence: “…everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him” (1 John 5:1).

A struggling soldier of the cross can find no greater friend than his beloved brother who will talk to him about spiritual things; share with him inspired words of God, and pray with him to a God at whose throne they both bow.

Another way to express the same thought: a Christian can find no greater friend than the friend who will strengthen his hand in God.  David had such a friend in Jonathan.  Paul found such a friend in Timothy.

Have you found a friend like that?  Are you a friend like that?  — By Steve Casebolt