David and Goliath

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Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

The giants aren’t too big and most likely you have been choosing to slay them or not most of your life…

Church pastors. The bane of my existence. I have been thrown under the bus by them more times than you can shake a stick at, and let me tell you, it leaves a pretty sour taste in the mouth. Needless to say, they are not my cup of tea. At least not the ones who place themselves between the Almighty and the people, at the head of a church, dictating on one hand what “the Word of God” as they interpret it is, with the other hand planted firmly in your pocket. Church pastors. Like I said, not my cup of tea.

So, let’s talk about a not so little book called the Bible. Yes, it’s been translated and interpreted umpteen million times over, and some of them may have gotten it right, and some, not so much. What to do? Eat the fish, and spit out the bones. Another man’s interpretation is just that – his own interpretation and not necessarily the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I personally like to go back to the original language as much as possible, make sure that what I am reading in one section does not conflict with another section, and anything that smells rotten gets put on the back burner for further investigation.

Why do I read it? Because there is so much good stuff in it that to not read it would be a tragic mistake. It is full of life lessons and a treasure of instructions that all lead to one thing – how to slay giants. And that, my friends, is what life is all about – slaying giants. Or not.

1Sa 17:49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

And this was not a fluke. David had been practicing as a sheepherder, protecting the herd from lions, bears, and other dangers without any fancy armour – just what he had on hand.

Let’s relate this to our day and time. Each hurdle we pass, each trial we endure and come out with our skin intact is another giant slain. David practiced with his herd of sheep, and we practice daily with every decision we make – whether we are going to stand and face the threat, or run for cover and cower in fear. We decide with every breath we take, what our next move will be. We practice. And what we practice will be what we will do when the next giant comes our way. Most will run. The Davids will see it as just another lion or bear to slay. Our everyday choices form who we are and who we become.

Now let’s go on to the section where the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land after escaping from bondage in Egypt. There were giants in the land. Most of the people feared for their lives, and chose to cower under the nearest rock. Only the ones who said YES! we can do it! actually entered the land along with the descendents of those who chose to cower and run, who needed forty long years to learn how to face giants. What does this tell us? The ones who were practiced in slaying giants by their very life choices up to that point in time knew it could be done. The ones who were not? Not so much. They did not realize the dream and perished in their own fears.

Num 13:30  And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Num 13:32  And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

There were two reports. Joshua and Caleb reported that there were giants, but no biggie, we can do it! We can overcome them and enter the land. The rest of the scouting party were afraid and could not muster up the courage to face the giants and win. They got what they chose. The ones who knew they could, could. The ones who knew they couldn’t, couldn’t. They chose their own destinies.

Whether you believe that the Bible is the Word of the Almighty, or just a book put together by a group of people recounting their version of historical events, you cannot discount the many wonderful life lessons it provides if you just take the time to look. We can slay giants. And the Bible? Well, let’s just call it the ultimate instruction manual.

©2015 Barbara H. Peterson

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One Response to “The Giants Aren’t Too Big”

  1. Abe says:

    God helps those who help themselves.
    Looks like the clock was reset to Sept. 2009 again. The rape of the Earth is beginning. The masses will start seeing we’ve been sold out by our leaders.

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