Archives for September 2015

No Time To Be A Standing Army

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

1 Samuel 17:2-3

 Just before we are introduced to Goliath, the scriptures paint a picture of the scene. Israel was gathered by the valley of Elah, and was set in battle array against the Philistines. The Philistines were on the mountain on one side of the valley. Both armies were on a mountain side with the valley between them.

But notice what else verse 3 says. The “Philistines stood on a mountain” and “Israel stood on a mountain….” The armies were not engaged in battle. They were both standing around, looking at each other.

Goliath steps forward and taunts Israel. He asks them why they are standing around in battle array (verse 8). For forty days Goliath scared the Israelites, and God’s chosen were dismayed (verse 11).

Sometimes we find ourselves standing around when we should be doing something. There are times when we need to be still and wait on God. But there are also times when we need to act.

We are God’s hands and feet. We are called to action. There is a spiritual battle going on around us, and standing around doesn’t engage the enemy in the fight.

David understood the call to action. And he wasn’t concerned about the fight, because he wasn’t fighting by himself. “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;… (verse 46).

So David took all that he had into battle – a sling shot and five smooth stones. You see, God can do much if we will bring to Him what we have, no matter how little it may seem to be to us.

Don’t get caught standing around looking “across the valley” at the enemy. There is a time to engage in the fight. And remember, we don’t enter into the battle alone. God is with us. He always has been. He always will be. And He will use just what we have to accomplish His plan. We just need the faith to trust Him, always.

 

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

September 27, 2015

The Navigational System of Commission

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:19-20

 Almost no one today has an excuse for getting lost. We have Google Maps, Waze, in-car navigational aids, and we can’t forget Siri. These computerized navigational systems know where we are and will tell us how to get to where we are going.

But back in the days of driving that 1962 Ford Galaxy 500, I didn’t have any of those things. If I wanted to get someplace new, I had to open these paper maps. There was nothing to tell me which highway to take or where to turn except those maps and some road signs. There was nothing to tell me that my destination was 2 hours away, or the roads were blocked ahead. And if I was running late, there was no cell phone to tell anyone. You really had to plan your trips back then.

In life, we try to rely on external “navigational aids” to get us to where we want to go. But there are two problems with that approach.

 

  • We really don’t know where we are going. We don’t have a clear vision of where we are trying to go, much less how to get there. We stay confused and lost. We haven’t committed ourselves to a specific destination or goal. That makes it easier for us to get distracted from the route God wants us to follow. When we really don’t know where we are headed in life, we waste time and effort. Our lack of direction can take us down the wrong road.
  • When we do know where we are going, there are obstacles we find in our path that can turn us away from our destination. The enemy will try to turn us to the left or right. Others will come and attempt to convince us that we are not headed the right way. All of these distractions can divert us down the wrong road.

 

 Our navigational system of commission is wrapped in the Matthew 28:19-20. In Jesus’ own words, we know what we are to be doing and where we are headed. We are called to go and teach all nations, baptizing and teaching all we come in contact with. And we are not alone in this. God is always with us, even unto the end of the world. We don’t need another navigational tool. God is with us. He will tell us which way to go, how long to stay there, and when to move on. He doesn’t give confusing or misleading directions. He knows a lot more than Siri knows.

Our relationship with God requires the fuel of commitment to be able to focus on God and have the strength to do what He has called us to do. It requires the oil of communication to show God’s love to others by the words we speak and what we do. Our relationship with God requires the tune-up of caring to show God’s love by being His hands and feet to care for, encourage and support others. It requires the navigational system of commission to stay on course and get to where God wants us to be.

Perhaps life is not as simple as driving that maroon 1962 Ford Galaxy 500, but having that loving relationship with God can be simple. If we put our trust in Him, believe in His Word, and put His Word into our hearts, He will make sure we will get to where He wants us to be.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

February 15, 2015