Why do so many Christian men perform aggressively at work yet remain disengaged and passive at home? Is it that we don’t believe in ourselves? Is it that we are afraid of challenging what our culture says? Are we afraid of rocking the boat? Do we feel like underdogs not capable of leading our marriages and families?
All these questions came to mind when I was listening to this week’s sermon message about how doubt and accusations limit our ability to be all that God has called us to be. It was in the context of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). When reading the excerpt from the chapter – I want you to focus on the part where David says, “then I would go after it.”
David says to Saul, “Don’t give up hope. I am ready to go and fight this Philistine.”
Saul replied, “You aren’t able to go out there and fight that Philistine. You are too young. He’s been a fighting man ever since he was a boy.”
But David said to Saul, “I’ve been taking care of my father’s sheep. Sometimes a lion or a bear would come and carry off a sheep from the flock. Then I would go after it and hit it. I would save the sheep it was carrying in its mouth. If it turned around to attack me, I would grab hold of its hair. I would strike it down and kill it. In fact, I’ve killed both a lion and a bear. I’ll do the same thing to this Philistine. He isn’t even circumcised. He has dared the armies of the living God to fight him. The LORD saved me from the paw of the lion. He saved me from the paw of the bear. And he’ll save me from the powerful hand of this Philistine too.”
It was a mistake to think of David as an underdog. He was simply someone rather who is using an alternate strategy and relying on his speed and his audacity, as opposed to size and strength, and I don’t know why we think that. We automatically assume that the biggest and strongest person at any contest is always the favorite. David was smarter, quicker, had the advantage of surprise and had an alternate strategy. Why doesn’t that make him the favorite? The challenge is that the people who might appear to be underdogs or to be burdened with disadvantages actually aren’t. David placed his faith in God. He used the talents and the strengths God had given him.
Couldn’t we be doing the same in our marriages?
Be Strong. Act Like Men. Go after it!