Be a man

1 Samuel 17:4-7      Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was clothed with scale-armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze. He also had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; his shield-carrier also walked before him.

1 Samuel 17:32       David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

1 Samuel 17:37       And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you.”

NASB Translation

Many know the story of David killing Goliath because no one else had the courage to confront him. David was small compared to Goliath, lacked military experience, and appeared to have no chance against such a formidable foe. Was David a courageous man, or was he just a man with tremendous faith? As I was growing up many People taught me things like, men don’t cry, suck it up, stand up for yourself, be your own man. I read about men who performed many acts of tremendous courage. Sgt. York in the first world war and Audi Murphy in the second are a couple. If you don’t know their story, I encourage you to search out and read about their bravery. Both men as David did, received praise and many rewards from the world for what were considered actions by a real man. David was very confident about a sure victory because of his love, faith, and trust of God. Sgt. York a Christian was just trying to save his friends.  Audi Murphy after his brave acts, claimed something came over him and he couldn’t even remember his actions. There are many real men in the Bible. I have come to believe I cannot tell a real man until I see how he responds to the circumstances he is called on to face. I have prayed I will be willing to stand up to whatever God allows to come my way, even death for Him. Until it happens I will not know how I will respond. The heroes of the Bible were able to do whatever they were called to do because of their faith and love of God. As a younger man I tried to convince myself I was a man by things I did, like fighting many of my peers in school and other stupid things. The results of these actions proved nothing, I never convinced myself or others. For me the only way to be courageous is faith and trust in the Lord. The ultimate real man of the Bible is Jesus. For love of me, and obedience to the Father He died for me.

 

John 15:13   “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.