June 15, 2017
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 1 Samuel 17:48
In the 1920’s, a professor at Harvard Medical School named Walter Cannon first described the acute stress response. This is better known as “flight or fight.” When a stressful situation arises, our bodies quickly produce chemicals that cause a reaction that tells us to run away or stay and fight. If you have ever walked through a spider web, you have noticed acute stress response at the highest level. Either you run as fast as you can out of the situation (usually screaming) or, with force of a thousand thunderstorms, you get that web off of you and look around for the foe (aka spider).
This response is a physical response, but it can also have a spiritual component to it. The reality is that situations and circumstances happen that are often outside of our control. In each circumstance, we have a decision to make. Either let the circumstance overtake us or approach the circumstance with confident movement.
In 1 Samuel 16 and 17, the story of David shows us the perspective of confident movement. A young man goes to the front line of battle to find every Israelite soldier frozen in fear by Goliath, a 9-foot tall giant who fighting for the enemy. David was appalled when he heard Goliath call God’s name into question. David talks King Saul into letting him fight Goliath with a slingshot and five smooth stones. In 1 Samuel 17:48, we see the confident movement of David in the face of a huge giant. As Goliath moved to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
What would life look like if we approached every circumstance and situation with the confident movement of David? Sure, there is an overwhelming giant awaiting us. Yeah, the situation looks really bad. But we understand that when God is on our side, we can take on any circumstance and situation with confident movement.