Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle and were assembled at Socoh, which belongs to Judah; and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
1 Samuel 17:1
Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. A young shepherd boy, obeys his father and goes on a trip to take a care package to his brother's who are fighting in the King's army against the Philistines (the bad guys). There happens to be a Philistine who is a giant -- larger and stronger than any man on the battlefield. As the young boy arrives, he sees the conflict and the fear that has paralysed the army of God. He steps up to fight this freak of a man and wins in dramatic fashion.
We see God come through for this undersized and young boy, in a situation that seemed impossible. In the first verse of 1 Samuel 17, we read about where the Philistine army gathered for battle -- "between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim." The Hebrew translation for this phrase is, "between a rock and a hard place, on the edge of blood." While everyone else was crippled by fear, a young, shepherd boy chose to step down between a rock and a hard place, on the edge of blood, and fight a giant. David chose to step into an impossible situation with death staring him in the face.
See in this moment, David knew that he had two options:
1. See God come through for Him
2. Die (Fail)
Many of us desire to see God move in miraculous ways -- in our lives and in the lives of those around us. The struggle is that many of us are unwilling to step down into the battlefield that is between a rock and a hard place, on the edge of blood. We're not willing to be stuck with only two options -- see Him come through, or fail.
If your heart's desire is to be a place of refuge for others when they need a miracle, you yourself have to have been there. David stepped out, risking his life and putting all of his trust in God, saw Him come through because of it, and for years after (even today) he remains a resource for people to draw strength and encouragement from when they are in times of trouble. Let me ask you a question . . .
If you had ten times as much courage as you have right now,
what would you choose to do?
What risks would you face? What challenges would you take on? What fears would you silence? What dreams would you chase? What place would you be willing to step into, to see freedom for yourself and those around you?
You see, someone else's dreams and destiny depend on you stepping into yours. The world needs you to step into your "rock and a hard place, on the edge of blood," and see God come through for you so they can step into theirs and see the same. Stop trying to be fearless and start being courageous. Don't get rid of your fear, just silence it with your courage to step into the risks that only give you two options -- see God come through, or fail.
- Written by Jacob Carter
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