Somewhere yesterday the strange marriage of my recent annual lump payment for my renter’s insurance and my son’s insistence that we listen to the audio companion CD for his David & Goliath book repeatedly in the car yielded this insight: Christians have this spiritual insurance born of our faith in God that is courage from knowing that God is real and our aid. I pay for insurance so that I do not have to be afraid when something goes catastrophically wrong with my house. If there is a fire or storm damage, then I will have the means to rebuild from the impact to my stuff and my life. While I hope I will never have to use it for something so negative, I know that I can and will be able to go on. Our faith in the Lord is very much like this. We come to understand that God is not only with us, but for us. God is here when we are in need of strength, perseverance, and assurance when things get bad. A couple years ago I had to be cognizant to recall that truth when trouble hit my family. I knew in my heart that we were going to be all right; we were going to survive that or any other ordeal, because God is with us. God was, is, and we are going to be better than all right.
After the umpteenth time listening to the narrator recount the biblical narrative of David fighting Goliath, it occurred to me that what David had was more than courage in himself, this notion that he could do anything at all, but that God was his courage. God was his strength. It was not that David, the young man, perhaps even just a young teenager, had killed a lion and fought off a bear, but that God had been the strength that allowed the weakness of his youthful form to triumph against adversity. God’s might perfected any flaws in David. David was acutely aware of this, something profound for even adults this day. David did not just know it, but he publicly acknowledged it, and was willing to risk his own life to bring honor to God by preemptively giving God the glory for a triumph that had not yet happened, and was frankly against all odds. That is how strong David’s faith in God was. Yet with one blow, Goliath had been defeated, and God was the reason why.
Our faith is our insurance for when things get bad, and they will eventually in the course of our lives. Trials and tribulations will always come when we live in a world of sin and death. Yet we do not hide in fear or shrink at the presence of suffering, because we know that God will overcome all obstacles when we live in faith. When we are willing to proclaim with our lips, our actions, and all that we are that we know the Lord is our strength, our protector and shield, then we can stand before any threat and triumph. The believer knows that it is not because we are stronger, smarter, or more deserving than anyone else, but that we allowed the existence of God to be revealed and the might of the Lord to overcome us. No matter what I have been through, it is not because I am better or more capable than anyone else, indeed, I am just as frail, fragile, and mortal as anyone else, but I can stand here this day with the full knowledge that God has carried me through all adversity. God is not my motivation. God is my mode of living. God is the courage I need to stand up against sin and battle the forces of evil that threaten me, my family, and others all over the world. God is my ability to make change in me and others for the ultimate transformation of the world. God is our reason and our way, and our faith in this eternal truth ignites the power of God for us.