Yesterday at MCC we finally kicked off our summer series “Bible Stories for Grown-Ups”. For those of you who were there, you know that saying we “kicked it off” is a bit funny since I have a broken ankle, and I have not been kicking anything lately [except myself].
We began the series by talking about the story of David and Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17. The big idea we took away was that, at some point in our lives, we are all going to have a giant/giants to face. They will be bigger than us. They will inspire fear in us. But, left unchallenged, these giants can ruin our lives.
We made two observations about courage:
1] Courage is not the absence of fear. Actually, fear is an opportunity to be courageous. People of courage move forward in spite of fear, not is absence of fear.
2] Courage is built on trust. We can be courageous because our hope and strength is not in our abilities, but in God. Like David said to Goliath, “The battle is the Lord’s.”
So, here’s today’s question: What giants have you identified in your life? What would a courageous person do with your giants?