12 06 2018

The Giant in Front of Yiu is Never Bigger...

Disney’s Pixar is bringing back The Incredibles to the big screen this summer. The story is quite simple. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. There is a scene in the 2004 original that has Lucius Best whose alter ego is the character Frozone frantically searching his house for his ‘super suit.” The whole clip is quite hilarious as he continues to shout out to his wife, “Where is my Super Suit?” Frozone’s better half is not that impressed with her husband saving the world. She doesn’t want him to miss a dinner party planned for that evening.

Don’t you wish Christianity came with a “Super Suit?” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all we had to do to flash the holiness of God through us was to duck into a nearby closet and put on our “Be Like Jesus” trusty Cape and Uniform? Dressed like that we could do no wrong and stamp out sin and conquer the injustice all around us.

I think it might be a bit easier if before our daily adventure with the Lord began, we would be able to eat a bowl of “Holy Spirit O’s” complete with all the fruit of the Spirit in every bite. After a healthy breakfast like that, nothing could stop us from shining bright for God wherever we went, whatever we did. Unfortunately, there is no cosmic underwear or sugar empowered Bible brunch that would make us live the victorious Christian life easily and conveniently. Daily we must look up and get filled with the Spirit before the ugly stuff begins to take over! If we want to make a difference as Believers, it is not so much about what we wear as it is about who we depend upon.

The most famous battle described in the Old Testament was not fought between two armies, but between two people. It was the battle in the Valley of Elah between David and Goliath. In this corner was the army of Israel and in the other, the army of the Philistines. This was the setting. First there was Goliath, whose size and appearance were so impressive that the writer describes him in exacting detail. We don’t measure things by a cubit or a span. We measure them by feet and inches. So, let’s put it into our lingo. Goliath was somewhere near 9′ 9″ tall and simply put an enormous man. The NBA would love him! And if you add to his height the length of his arms when he would lift them up over his head, you can imagine what an imposing creature he must have been. But it wasn’t just his size. The “Super Suit” he was wearing weighed between 175 and 200 pounds. Goliath had so much bronze on, we could have nicknamed him, “LeBronze!”

 Every morning and every evening for well over a month, he marched out there, flaunting his size and his strength, daring someone to take him on. How applicable to any “giant” we encounter!

That’s the way with the giants of fear and worry, for example. They don’t come just once; they come morning and evening, day after day, relentlessly trying to intimidate. And while Goliath once was content to the Israelites from a mile away, because nobody stood up to him, the monster ended up insulting the Lord right in the Hebrews’ back yard!

In the other corner stood our hero, David. Remember, the Shepherd Boy wasn’t going there to fight. He was just sent by his father to bring his brothers some lunch! David looks across the battlefield, and he sees this giant of a guy, encased in his super suit, shouting out threats and defiance and cursing God! And that made David livid! No one talks that way about my God!!!Why is everybody running away? David said to Saul, “Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” King Saul looked at David and said, “You don’t have the size for it.  You’re just a kid. Look over there at that giant!” David then describes to Saul how in the past God proved Himself faithful when David slew a bear and a lion. Saul said, “Now wait a minute, David. We have to fix you up for battle.” Imagine it! You can’t tell me the Bible doesn’t have humor, because it says that “Saul clothed David with his garments.” Here’s Saul, a 52 long, and David is a 36 regular. Saul drags in all this heavy armor and then says, “Put this on, David.”

Be wary when the world tries to get you to wear its armor to fight a heavenly battle! David says, “Saul, I can’t fight with this stuff. I can’t even walk in it, and I sure haven’t tested it myself in battle.” What works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else. We’re always trying to put our armor on someone else or put someone else’s armor on ourselves—but that’s not the way to do battle. David doesn’t look for a “Super Suit.” David trusts his “Strong and Supernatural Savior!”

Before I close, I have heard others mock, “If David trusted God then why did he need five stones? Why five? Wouldn’t absolute trust in God indicate only one stone was needed? In fact, in the story it only takes one to kill the giant. So why did he take up five? Goliath had brothers! Goliath had four of them (2 Samuel 21.19-22).

David lived by a very simple principle: nothing to prove, nothing to lose. He didn’t try to impress anybody in the army of Israel. He didn’t try to impress his brothers. He didn’t even try to impress God. He just ran to meet Goliath. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. All David had was a sling and a stone against a giant wearing two hundred pounds of armor. It may seem silly, but that’s the way God operates.

I don’t know what your intimidating giant is today. It may relate to your job, your roommate, or your school. Maybe it is a person, a lawsuit, unemployment, a disaster or maybe even your own partner in life. Perhaps it is some fear that is lurking around the corner, sucking your energy and draining your faith. God is saying to you right now, “All I ask of you is five smooth stones and a sling of faith. I’ll take it from there. You don’t have to wear somebody else’s armor. You just trust Me. And I’ll strip you down to nothing but faith, and then I’ll accomplish a victory where I’ll get the glory.

It is God’s love for us that causes Him to bring us to an end of our own strength. He sees our need to trust Him, and His love is so great that He will not let us live another day without turning over our arms to Him, our fears, our worries, even our confusion, so that no super suit becomes more significant to us than our Savior.



One response

14 06 2018

Dear Pastor Rudy:   I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how thankful I am for your frequent, inspiring messages.  I do not live in your area, so I can’t visit your church on Sundays, but I look forward to your posts.     From what I hear, you are an inspiration to all of your congregation, instrumental in strengthening all of our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ.   Thanks again.   Sincerely, Bette Campanella   

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