Lots of people love the underdog. That person who has all of the odds against them. There’s no way they could possibly pull it off. Many of us love to root for them and cheer on their side and I think it’s fairly easy to understand why — because we have been the underdog before.
We have all been in situations where it’s like the world is against us and we turn the tables against the world and give it a taste of it’s own medicine. We stick it to the man. We bring the heat. Whatever you want to call it, we have a strong urge to defy the odds, to cheer for those that seek to do so, and love to be supported when we are doing it ourselves.
That’s where today’s reading comes into play. 1 Samuel 17. We can all basically I’ve the outline for it. We remember seeing it on Sunday morning flannel board’s. David and Goliath.
David has always been someone I really relate to from the Bible. Whether it be his passion for music, his struggles, or something else completely different. I think everyone can see a little bit of themselves in David. This is when he is first coming on to the scene.
He was a young guy but he was determined, and he had a fierce faith that’s even a little intimidating. In this story, David goes up against a 9-12ft tall giant named Goliath. David isn’t the tallest of people, he’s still a teenager, but he goes up against Goliath with an incredible sense of confidence, confidence that isn’t in himself, but in God.
I’m going to spare some details because I’m going to spend the next three days going more in depth with David, and a special guest-star a little later. But whenever I read this story, those sayings always come to mind. Something to the effect of “Don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is”. That never made sense to me. Aren’t we supposed to tell God about our problems? Isn’t that what prayer is for? To ask, seek, and then find answers?
It’s hard to say for sure, but I’m sure David at some point had to be like “I don’t know, this guy is freaking huge. And I have a piece of leather and 5 rocks…” While this passage wreaks of confidence, it practically jumps off the page at you, but I feel as if there had to be a little bit of fear in David’s heart.
We have been the underdog before, and we will be again at some point. We’ll be standing, looking at a giant, and all we’ll have is a piece of leather and 5 rocks, but we have to have to stand where we are and face it head on. There may not be anyone beside you, but you have the ability to overcome the world, even if you don’t think you do. There’s a greater power at work here. There’s more to life than we realize.
My prayer today is that we can tell God how big our problems are, and that because of that, we can then tell our problems how big our God is because he is.
Breathe in. Breathe out.