Monday, May 09, 2011

Pride Will Mess You Up

Men of the Bible Series - Goliath thought to himself "I got this"

1 Samuel 17:4  Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! 5 He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds.6 He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. 7 The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.

 8 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! 9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

 41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

Out in front of the crowd Goliath stepped out so that he could taunt the Israelites. Goliath had plenty of good reasons to be so sure of himself. He had a great physique, he probably stood in front of the mirror and admired himself and thought he was built for fighting. He had all the right equipment, he wore armor that covered his entire body and if that wasn't good enough he even had somebody that carried a shield.

It is like playing a video game and you get a bonus that makes you bigger than when you started and then to make it better you get extra armor and weapons and all of a sudden you begin to feel very powerful and your sure that you can handle anything that comes your way. But then it happens, before you know it you get the dreaded words "game over" scrolling across the screen.

Prov 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

There is a danger in trusting in what God has given us instead of trusting in God. When we trust in the blessings of God and place our focus on the abilities that he has given to us then we become God's enemy, we trust in the created things more that we trust the creator (Romans 1:25). We have to be careful because we can be so sure of ourselves, just like Goliath was, that we put ourselves in danger of a fall.

Lord help me to always rely on your strength and to be careful to be a part of your plan instead of stepping out on my own.

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