"Is there not a cause?"
1 Samuel 17:29
If you do a little research online, you will find there are thousands of charitable causes that want your money. Some are good legitimate charities that are working in fields to fund research for the cure of various diseases, or helping children of the members of our armed forces receive an education. Of course there are many that are not so legitimate. I found one foundation started by a guy who was very honest and upfront. He didn't want to work, so he was asking people to send him money to help him fulfill his life's goal. There are literally thousands of causes that are clamoring for our money, time, and attention.
Young David stood before a giant of a man who taunted the armies of Israel. His own brothers fled to their tents when they heard the giant speak. David knew that this was no ordinary warrior, and he was spellbound in the presence of this unusual soldier. Then, the giant made his fatal mistake. He spoke against the living God and His people. In the heart of this juvenile shepherd a fire burned, and it would only be quenched when the giant lay silent. David spoke from his heart and was rebuked by his brothers, but he could hold his tongue no longer.
David famously replied to those who would listen, "Is there not a cause?" That question still hangs in the air today. We have an enemy that is parading himself around this world like a giant. He is literally daring the people of God to stand up and do something in the name of the Almighty. Most believers have sought refuge in their tents (churches) and live in fear of the power of the enemy. All they can see are his weapons and the devastation that has been left in his wake. It is easier to be silent than to charge into battle, but God did not call us to be His children so that we could be silent. It is time for the people of God to stand up and cry, "Is there not a cause?"
There is most definitely a cause. There is the cause of the cross of Christ, the only place where this world will find deliverance from sin. There is the cause of the next generation that needs to know that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. There is the cause of the testimony of God's church, a people that must be salt and light in this dark world. We could go on and on listing what causes there are that are worth fighting for, but we have talked too much and for too long. It is time to fight! Let each of us humbly kneel in prayer at the brook and gather stones, then let us stand up and charge forward toward the enemy. The power of God behind us is always greater than the obstacles in front of us. There is a cause, and we must be willing to fight for all that it is worth.
May you stand boldly in front of your giant today!