Read I Samuel 17.
God surprises and amazes me when I think of how He uses His people to accomplish His purposes. In our Scripture today, God uses a young shepherd armed with 5 smooth stones and a sling to defeat an armored giant carrying a sword, spear, and javelin. You could say this wasnâ€™t a fair fight.Â Hear Davidâ€™s words to Goliath in verses 45, 46, and 47 (NKJV) :Â â€œYou come to me with a swordâ€¦.I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hostsâ€¦.whom you have defiedâ€; â€œHe will deliver you into our hands.â€Â You know the outcome; God gave David and the army of Israel victory over Goliath and the Philistines.
That leads me to an interesting story about Nate and John.Â Nate was an atheist and an intellectual giant.Â He was so bright that he achieved one of the highest scores on the Mensa test; he even found an error in the test!Â His hobby was tearing down religions.Â Who might we choose to witness to him? Probably, a Christian member of Mensa, or a Doctor of Divinity; perhaps, a well-known apologist and defender of our Faith.
John was a Blackfoot Indian, with a high school education and he was just off the reservation. He and Nate met on a loaded bus of recruits.Â Nate observed the other recruits ridiculing John.Â John took the teasing so patiently that Nate asked him why he allowed the taunting.Â John replied, â€œSir, I am a Christian.â€Â Nate had successfully shredded other religions but Christianity had stumped him.Â So, he decided to challenge John.
He began to question John: â€œDo you really believe someone was vomited out of the mouth of a whale?â€ John replied, â€œYes, Sirâ€.Â Nate asked, â€œWhy?â€Â John answered: â€œMy Bible tells me soâ€.Â Nate continued with question after question that resulted in â€œyesâ€ or â€œnoâ€ answers from John. And upon Nateâ€™s query of â€œwhy?â€ John always replied, â€œMy Bible tells me soâ€.
Nate could not shake Johnâ€™s faith and he, eventually, borrowed a Bible. In Job 5:8-9, he read words that so struck him that he became a Christian.Â He is now an effective defender of our Faith.
Think you donâ€™t know enough?Â God can use you for He knows where to put us and with whom!
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that â€œGodâ€™s Word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged swordâ€¦.â€