Many of the problems we face are simply beyond us. I suppose this is the reason we love hero stories. It is also why we live in fear. We relate to the need to have someone who can fight our battles and rescue us from danger. But, unfortunately, in the real world such heroes do not exist. Even when we initially think we have found a savior, we are often left dissolution when they turn out to have clay feet. But the Bible tells us that God’s people don’t have to live in fear. Come find out why.
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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 17:1a, 3–4, 8–11, 16, 23c, 23, 32–33, 37, 42–43, 45–46a, c–49
1Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle.….
3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. … 8He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
23… And David heard him.
… 32And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” … 37And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
42And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. …
45Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
48When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance.
This week we are confessing our sins of pride and asking God to give us greed and asking God to give us generosity..
Greed is the excessive desire for and dependence on material wealth or gain.
Generosity is giving up material wealth for the sake of the common good.
Confess your sins of greed and ask God for generosity.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.