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A Question

I never understood why people felt the need to defend God. God is God and does not need finite, ignorant, arrogant me to defend God. How would I defend God? (I have a hard enough time just desiring not to offend my Lord who loves me).

If you feel you need to defend God, then how could the god you are defending truly be a god at all? Not intending to insult but asking one to think.

I want to write about a view I have of David and Goliath. Very popular story and oft used analogy of courage. However, I have a question. Did God want David to fight Goliath?

Let me set the context. It starts with this; “Jesse said to his son David, “Take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See how your brothers fare and bring some token from them.” (1 Sam. 17:17-18 NRS) Note, “and bring so token” was a directive to bring back good news a sign that things were ok. David disobeyed his father. And this was after,

“The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.” (1 Sam. 16:12-13 NRS)

Now back a little further, “The word of the LORD came to Samuel: “I regret that I made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me, and has not carried out my commands.” Samuel was angry; and he cried out to the LORD all night.” (1 Sam. 15:10-11 NRS) God was going to remove Saul as king. Likely God was using the Philistines to bring this about. God has Samuel anoint David is King. Saul is tormented by an evil spirit. The stage is set for abdication. Saul will either resign or have an nervous breakdown and be removed. Then in comes this young arrogant shepherd boy who feels he must defend God and country and sets himself on course for a suicide mission.

Malcomb Gladwell does not see it this way. He sees David having the advantage due to weaponry and tactics. I do not believe it matters. David’s actions back God into a corner (not), but David does change the direction of the scenario and because of his victory Saul is kept in power and will make David suffer. Saul will come to hate David and become driven to try and kill him. Many people suffer because of this. And David, a man with blood on his hands, cannot build a temple for God in spite of being a man after God’s own heart.

Again, I ask, “Did David do what God wanted?

Can this mistake of David, a man after God’s own heart, show us what God is willing to do in order to bring about the best out of the worst and love whose limits exceed our unbounding ability to be non-discerning and impulsive.

I ask this for the following reason.

When your heart is open, you are willing to be convinced of the opposite of what you believe to be true, knowing you are seeking Truth, not trying to defend it. Anything true will stand in the Light of Truth.[1]

This is what good spiritual direction offers.

I am open for new pilgrims.     Email or Zoom contact at this time.  Lovethelord2@outlook.com

The importance of being an image bearer.

[1] Skurja, Catherine. Paradox Lost . Whitaker House. Kindle Edition.

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