Rev. Billy Graham powerfully declared at a rally that we must prepare for the future of history, and a reporter suddenly asked, “What about your future?” What Rev. Graham said at that time is meaningful. “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know for sure who holds my future, and He is my God.”
When Saul was the king of Israel, the Philistine army invaded Israel and was arrayed in Soco. The Israeli soldiers were trembling in fear, losing their will to fight due to the size of the Philistine army and the curses the giant Goliath, the enemy general, uttered. At that time, David, who had been visiting his brothers on an errand for his father, heard about this situation and in righteous indignation volunteered to fight Goliath. However, his eldest brother Eliab stopped young David from acting rashly, saying that he had come to watch the battle and was acting recklessly without being able to discern the nature of the war. However, David volunteered to fight Goliath not because of his own will, but because of his belief that God was holding on to his future under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the fight between the two was finally settled. The Bible describes the scene as follows: “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground….” (1 Samuel 17:48, 49)
What was the reason that David was not afraid when he saw Goliath whom everyone was afraid of and was able to run instead? While others were obsessed with fear, focusing on Goliath, the giant who insulted God and his people, David only focused on the Lord, and at that time God’s revelation came to him. This shows that David’s decision to fight against Goliath was not an accidental act driven by emotion. Evidence of this can be found in the words that David said in response to Eliab’s dissuasion. “David said, ‘What have I done? Why should I not have reason?’ Here, the word, ‘Should I not have reason’ has some implication. Considering that the word ‘reason’ contains the meaning of the Word of God, it is possible to interpret that it was due to the ‘Word’ of revelation that David was able to face Goliath, whom everyone was afraid of.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3). There are two ways to approach the problems we encounter along the way in life . First, we look at the difficult circumstances in which we are caught and are trapped in a scary reality. Second, we look to the Lord and receive the Word of revelation and sing of hope. The reason David was able to face Goliath was because God revealed His will to David who looked to God first in the midst of a national crisis. Otherwise, how could we understand the young David, who had never received any military training, was going to face Goliath? Moreover, how could one run so ‘fast’ toward Goliath, who was approaching, armed with the armor, helmet, sword, and spear? David received revelation of the Word of God. That is why he was able to say to Eliab, ‘Why should I not have reason?’
The ‘scale’ of a score can become ‘music’ that moves the audience only when the performer sees it and plays it according to the composer’s intention. The same goes for the Word of God; if the will of God contained in the Word is not deeply understood and not substantiated into a person’s life, it will not become the living Word of God that moves someone. In this regard, Psalm 119:50 which says that “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” is touching. If we live with this kind of faith, we will be able to live with a sense of mission in every aspect of our lives, and through reasonable challenges at every moment of our lives, we will achieve what God wants to achieve through us.