When evil strikes and kills, when people are terrorized and suffer unjustly, they are often united in a patriotic cause to bring the perpetrators to justice and defeat those who oppose them. For many there is a renewed appreciation for the freedom they have and the desire to combat anything that would threaten it.
About 1,000 years before Jesus was born, a young man’s blood started to boil when he heard the challenge of Goliath that terrorized his nation (1 Samuel 17). Young David didn’t even consider his own comfort and safety but only thought of the cause. No one was going to slander the true God and defy his power and get away with it. So he went into combat with Goliath knowing the battle was the Lord’s and the victory would be for God’s people. Gigantic Goliath fell dead at the hands of the small, courageous David.
Does your blood boil when God is defied and slandered with the lives and comments of others (or yourself)? Do you forget yourself in order to meet the many challenges to have God’s glory reflected in your life?
Realize that the glory of God has shown itself brightly in sending his Son to fight for us. We are the ones who have defied God’s glory with our sinful attitudes and actions. But Jesus put aside his heavenly glory and died on the cross to keep us from being terrorized by God’s justice and sin’s power. When we truly comprehend that wonderful truth and come to appreciate all that Jesus did for us, we are inspired to take up our Christian cause of living for the glory of God in whatever we do—both in the small and big things of our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always live to your glory showing my great appreciation for all my Savior Jesus accomplished for me. Amen.