“But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it” (1 Samuel 17:34-35). In 1 Samuel 17, you will find the story in which David fights and kills Goliath.
For a good portion of the chapter, Goliath is mocking the Israelite for their lack courage for not taking him on. David shows up and is baffled how all these trained military personnel with the Lord on their side could be scared of this one giant.
I promise you this, the world is doing the same with your shopping cart full of tissues. Yes, this is a “giant” that has the ability to kill you. But look what David did.
He took all he knew to fight Goliath which was a sling and some stones. Do all you know. You know to wash your hands. Clean and sanitize high contact points, such as door knobs and light switches. And if you are feel sick, it is okay that you play it safe and stay home.
See a doctor if symptoms resemble what the CDC has put out. Don’t let this pandemic make you lose your mind. Don’t allow this “giant” to make you lose faith in your God. When others try to talk David out of fighting Goliath. David responds “The Lord brought me out of a fight with a lion and a bear. So, who is this Giant?” Let’s put this in our perspective for today. The Lord has brought us through Zika, Ebola, West Nile, H1N1, etc. Therefore, I have no doubt the Lord will bring us out alright, now. Let’s be wise and use common sense. It is not a lack a faith that you do the things you feel best to protect yourself and family. Don’t even use situation as an opportunity to love less. Now more than ever, we need to be kind to one another. We need to show love. Above all, let the world know that God is still in control. Show you faith.
DeRon Harper is the Assistant Pastor of Baconton M.B.C. and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.