In our struggle to uphold the sanctity of human life and to protect as well as provide a voice for the unborn, do you feel like David going up against Goliath? As our government is attacking the unborn more fiercely than ever before and the forces of evil stand emboldened against us, the odds seem overwhelming. Feelings of hopelessness and defeat search for footholds in our spirit, and the enemy seems to laugh at any attempt to resist.
In 1 Samuel 17, the army of Israel looked on as the Philistines gathered themselves for war against them. The Israelites trembled in fear as Goliath taunted and challenged them. For 40 long days, this giant came out against them and dared them to stand toe to toe. Being weary and overwhelmed, the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. In so many ways, the war waged by the liberal Democrats, led by President Obama, parallels this historical battle in Scripture. The White House, Congress, the Senate, the media, and political correctness all have joined forces to attack the unborn with reckless abandon and an unquenchable thirst for death.
For a few moments, allow me to encourage you to be strong and courageous in the face of an opposing army that desires our destruction and that of children within the womb—worldwide.
From the account of David coming on the scene to hear Goliath's challenge, David was immediately filled with righteous anger. As we hear and witness the defilement of life within our country, the proper and appropriate response should be a righteous anger. Abortion is the willful and premeditated destruction of children created by God. With loving care and intimate knowledge, God is knitting these little boys and girls together in their mother's wombs (Psalm 139). Abortion is a lie to women that defies God's creative will. Instead of providing freedom from consequences, it imprisons women and shackles them with guilt. It kills a baby and enslaves a mother—all under the deception of "choice." Understanding the lie perpetrated on people, righteous anger is right. This anger of the soul within David drove him to get involved, not only to stand tall, but also to become involved in the battle.
This was what awakened me to the issue of abortion at a pastor's conference. I was invited to watch a video entitled "Eclipse of Reason," and for the first time I understood the wrong of abortion. In a very simple but sincere prayer I said, "O Lord, this is a wrong, and if you want me to do something about it—I'm yours." From that simple prayer, God heard my heart and called me to join the battle.
As David voiced his heart's burden in verse 26, opposition came against him from his family. Sometimes those closest to us try to discourage us from following our passion and burden. It could be, as it was with David's brothers, that our drive to make a difference makes them feel guilty for not having the same motivation. Their inner fears are projected on us in an attempt to make themselves feel better about their decisions not to get involved. Possibly they choose not to get involved due to past failures. David, however, responded in verse 29 with the question, "" (NKJV)
Is not the cause of standing up for life more important than personal discomfort? Is not the cause of giving a voice to the unborn worth ridicule? Is not the cause of standing in the gap for those being lead to the slaughter worth personal sacrifice? There is no more important issue to fight for than LIFE!
Before David went to the battle line, he did three things that brought about this historical upset and victory. Before you continue to do battle, please review the steps that David took and request the one indispensable piece of weaponry that he had.
First, when questioned about his ability to engage the enemy, David reviewed his past successes beginning in verse 36. David told Saul that God enabled him to defeat a lion and a bear, and Goliath will be like one of them. Rehearse the victories that the Lord has brought about in your life. Remember how God has answered prayers, performed miracles, and met your needs. Continue to put your faith and trust in Him. God wants to use you! Step out in faith so that He can glorify Himself through you. For David, that meant that he used the tools that he was skilled with—a sling and a stone. Utilize the gifts, talents, and abilities God has given to you; then you, too, will be effective.
Second, focus on God's strength and character. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He still abhors evil and sin. God does not want people to choose death, but rather life. And since He does not want anyone to perish, He wants to use you to proclaim the truth that leads to life. Nothing is too hard for God, and nothing is impossible. Remember that the battle belongs to the Lord.
Third, David put his faith into action. Not only did he speak forth words of faith in verse 46, "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand," but he also took 5 stones with him. Was he afraid that he might miss and need back-up stones ready to hurl at Goliath? No. The reason for 5 stones was because Scripture mentions 4 other giants who were relatives of Goliath. David went prepared to take them out too, just in case they were in the enemy's camp and they tried to avenge the defeat of Goliath. As a culmination of David putting his faith into action, verse 48 tells us that he ran quickly to the battle to meet Goliath.
Before you run to the battle, there is one more thing that David had that we also must have if we are going to be victorious. That indispensable possession is God's anointing. The anointing of God is paramount. Without it, we are limited to our own power and ability. With God's anointing, there is supernatural power, unmistakable boldness, undeniable authority, and unquestionable effectiveness.
It is the Spirit of God flowing through a person's life in such a way that it cannot be explained away as merely human effort or ability. It is the Spirit of God upon a person's life that directs them and gifts them so that others looking on know that they are different. It is being filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples to wait for it in Acts 1. From the Book of Acts on, the disciples were recognized by that power given them by the Holy Spirit. Paul instructed all believers in the importance of it in Ephesians 5:18. In Luke 11:13, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to us.
As the battle for life continues to rage around us, know that God will bring about victory, justice, and righteousness. The end of the battle is near, the teeth of the adversary will be broken, and those held captive will be set free. Do not become weary in well doing, but remember what 1 John 4:4 tells us: "Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." Victory is on our side!
Rev. Mark Hiehle directs a pregnancy center in Norman, Oklahoma. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.