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Spotlight 2 25 2012
Blessed Sabbath, Berean! What makes a man great in Godʼs sight? When I think about great men, I think of David. Weary of Saulʼs incessant hunt for his life, David decided to take refuge in the land of the Philistines, Israelʼs enemies. And as fate would have it, the Philistines decided to rage war against Israel, and Achish, son of the King of Gath, enlisted David and his men for the battle. But the Philistine princes refused to let David and his men fight with them. Grateful for this Divine intervention, David and his men headed back home to Ziklag. When they arrived there, they found it destroyed by fire and their families taken captive by the Amalekites.
“So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” I Samuel 30:4. In their anguish and grief the men blamed David—it was his bright idea to move to the land of the Philistines—and spoke of stoning him. It was at this critical juncture that David displayed true greatness. “But David found strength in the Lord.” David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” The Lord answered, “Pursue them, you will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” Vs. 6-8. David immediately rallied the troops (the same ones who were about to stone him), inspiring them with confidence that God had promised that they would overtake the Amalekites and would recover their family members. As God promised, David and his men were successful in the rescue operation. See I Samuel 30 for this riveting account.
Berean, true greatness is not measured by a manʼs prowess, his wisdom or his stature but by his trust in the God who knows the end from the beginning, by his faith in the One who leads and guides in right paths. As we celebrate African-American History Month, let us be mindful that true greatness, true manliness and womanliness are rooted and grounded in a trusting, obedient relationship with our Lord. We can help our youth become the kind of men and women God wants them to be by supporting Christian education. We can do this by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate amount on the Education/ Scholarship line).