The eyes of the hungry lion were fixed on his prey. Slowly, deliberately he eased forward, placing one huge paw in front of the other, his muscles taunt, preparing to lunge for the kill. Suddenly, a terrifying squealing noise hit his ears, and the little creature in front of him rose on his back legs and bared his teeth. The little animal calculated his moves and repeatedly lunged at the lion, sinking his needle-sharp teeth in its flesh. What could give such a small creature the courage to defy the ferocious lion?
It is not uncommon for a little mongoose to confront a lion and succeed in backing him down, just like described above. The account reminds me of another story that I am sure most of you are familiar with...David and Goliath. In both stories, the smaller and weaker triumphed in the confrontation.
The mongoose was not focused on the size and strength of the enemy. He was not hindered by his own size. He was just determined to defend his family, and that gave him the courage he needed. David’s situation was similar. Goliath was a seasoned warrior, huge in size, and convinced of his victory. David was a young shepherd boy with only a sling and the experiences he had in defending his sheep.
However, Goliath depended on himself to exalt his own glory. David depended on His God and fought for His honor. This is what made the difference and brought victory to David.
Are you and I bold and courageous against our enemy today? What motivates us? Are we seeking our own glory and depending on our ability and skills, or are we depending on Christ and endeavoring to do His will?
The Lord commanded Joshua to "Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9
Jesus said, "Lo I am with you alway..." (Matthew 28:20). We have the same faithful, mighty God as David and Joshua. We need not feel intimidated or fearful when the enemy appears bigger, stronger, or wiser. We do have every reason to be bold, courageous, and unafraid.
Let us fix our eyes on Christ, put on our spiritual armor, sharpen our swords, hold our shields high, and fight the good fight of faith, assured of victory! "But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24