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“You Want Fries With That?”

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Sue Wilson is our guest blogger today. She often contributes different blogs and topics on here that you have already read. I pray you will be blessed today by her message. 

I saw a little plastic highway cone at a truck stop that I just had to buy. Its printed message was “Darned right I have a Master’s Degree–you want fries with that?”

What hope is there for a fast food worker in today’s high-end job market? Well, King David began to demonstrate his abilities and his faith while doing menial chores for his father, and turned out to be far more than a food carrier.

Jesse (David’s father) sent his youngest son to the war front just to take his brothers some food and check on how they were doing, but more than that happened.

Israel was stuck in a stalemate with their enemy, the Philistines. It seems that the giant warrior, Goliath, would come to the “zone” separating the two armies every day and challenge at least one of Israel’s warriors to do battle with him. Now, this was an age in which the average man was about 5’6″ tall. It is estimated that Goliath probably pushed nine feet. The Israelites, not surprisingly, had a problem finding volunteers. This made not only the Israelite army look bad but also reflected on the opinion the Philistines had of Israel’s God.

Anyway, here comes David–the fast food guy–into the scene. After asking what all the trouble was about, David was roundly chastised by his older brother who accused him of neglecting the sheep, having a wicked heart, and wanting only to watch the battle. David replied as many of us have at times, “Now what have I done?! Can’t I even speak?”

David, the one thought to be the least, said something outstanding–“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”  David then got Saul’s permission to fight the giant, rejected the armor that was too heavy for him to carry, and downed the evil giant with a slingshot. Not bad for a sheep watcher/lunch deliverer/message boy.

We too often assume that those we consider of a lower-income, or job, than our own are not worthy of our respect. David hit this problem even from his own family.

Using our fast food server as an example, how often have you seen people speak rudely to the server, toss money at them, or come screaming back to the counter if the order is incorrect? David was not respected either, but he became the most famous of Israel’s kings. God knew his capabilities whether anyone else did or not.

Next time you see someone who “appears” to be of less worth than yourself, remember that we cannot see the masters degrees standing before us, or the wisdom, or a great mom who handles work and home, or a grandmother raising her grandchildren as the children of God. Only God knows the heart and mind of any person. We are called to assume that God has great plans for all of His children, not just a chosen few.

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Facing the Opposition with Alarming Odds

The Reflection for this week is by Karen Kennedy. She has contributed to this blog before, so please enjoy!

The beginning of chapter 8 of “The Story” was brutal.  In fact, I stopped reading it three times, hoping that something would engage my mind.

And it didn’t. The never-ending cycle of the Israelites doing evil in the eyes of the Lord followed by a short stint of pleasing the Lord, tired my mind.

I even contemplated buying the audio version, so that someone could read it to me!

Finally, I promised myself to wade (or skim) through it to see if there was a gem or two.

And finally the Lord’s discourse with Gideon grabbed my heartstrings:

If you recall, Gideon had the resources of an incredible mighty army. By the five senses, this would be a sound business practice. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do, build up resources, get an unfair advantage over our competitors and drive them into the ground? Sounds logical and wise to me.

However, God had a different plan.

“You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Now announce to the army, ‘ Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.” So, twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

What? I wondered what Gideon thought at this point. But the story even gets more interesting when God whittles the army to only 300 men.

And to make matters worse, their opponent is described as “thick as locusts. Their Camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.”

Obviously the odds are stacked high against Gideon. And through a series of events, Gideon musters up the courage to lead his army to this battleground and then commands them to blow their trumpets and break the jars that were in their hands.

This story is getting weirder by the minute, and I am finally in! God’s odds are better than any preconceived arsenal that I may have in my back pocket.

This shouldn’t surprise me, after all, doesn’t God tell me to lean on him, to not trust in the flesh, but to trust in him? Count me in on this roll call (or until I get off the path like the Israelites did.) What looked like a train wreck waiting to happen, ended with God (once again) doing the work he could only do.

Have you been trying to work the impossible in your life all by yourself? At what point in time will you find that you don’t have what it takes? Have you taken the time to go to God in prayer? Have you asked a fellow Christian to walk with you in these moments? I encourage you to do it, today.

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