What’s In Your Hand?

“The world has gone mad.”

This is the fearful and honest cry of so many people I listen to online and off. We’re scared. We’re horrified. What is happening to us all? What will be left for our children at this rate?

Because darkness is no longer content to slither in the shadows, abusing those who venture too far from societal bounds. No, now it seems that the proud enemy strides in full daylight throughout the whole camp, defacing and destroying at whim.

Like Goliath, he taunts the people of the living God and all those made in his image. “Who will come down and fight me?” he dares the trembling crowd watching from the hills. “I defy you. I defy your people. I defy your King.”

Church, look down at what’s in your hands.

Like young David, you are holding only a shepherd’s staff, a few stones, and a sling-shot. “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” Goliath sneers.

But, even as the giant looms larger and closer, do we have faith that the battle belongs to the living God, that he will prevail, and that he will not be mocked?

You have no protective armor, no tactical training, no special skills to commend you as a worthy warrior up to this task, and neither do I. You are not prepared for this.

But you have been given a staff, a few rocks, a seed of faith, and the spirit of a living God who is radically committed to defeating deep-seated evil. You have never been more prepared for this.

Church, look down at what’s in your hands.

What are you holding? Take heart in these ordinary things, unique to only you. For the living God has given them to you for this exact time. They are precisely what you need to stand firm and resist the kingdom of darkness in your own place. They are what is needed for God’s will to be done on earth today as it is in heaven always.

“You come to me with a sword, spear, javelin, and fear…” we can say with David directly to evil. “But I come to you in the name of the the living God, whom you have defied. He has already defeated you soundly, in Christ. He will give you into our hand.”

What is in your hands, saints?

It has been put there ‘so that all this assembly may know that there is a living God’ that saves the world – not with a sword or spear – but through the most unexpected and upside-down ways.

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Peace to you as you use the small things already in your hands, and the faith that is rooted in your heart, to resist the darkness and strengthen the saints for service.

Kim

5 responses to What’s In Your Hand?

  1. LMKing says:

    Thank you for your eloquence, and your reminder to look at what God has given us and how he uses us for His service.

  2. Well spoken, Kim. May God use your voice to rouse the Church to fight for the difference we can make!

  3. TJ Wilson says:

    Needed the encouragement, thank you. And thank you for pressing forward and using in YOUR hand to remind us of truth.

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