Week 28 Day 2
Monday (1 Samuel 17)
David Kills Goliath
Deshi attended a retreat, sponsored by Intown, but attended by members and guests of several fellowships. While there he overheard a man bad-mouthing Christians and blaspheming God.
In addition to being loud and aggressive, the man was handicapped and a racial-minority, so everyone was afraid to challenge him, let alone daring to ask him to leave.
Deshi was new to Intown, a young man without many allies or social standing in the community, so he challenged the leaders of the retreat to act – but they refused – afraid of criticism if they did.
Deshi called pastor Scott, back at the church, and he said they should ignore the man and maybe he’d go away – but in any case he didn’t want to get involved for fear of bad publicity.
Deshi could no longer stand silent, so he challenged the man to a debate before everyone, that evening. The man arrogantly agreed and went off bragging to everyone “I’ll wipe the floor with that kid.”
The retreat leaders, and many others, tried to talk Deshi out of the debate – but relented when he declared that it would be a teachable-moment for the attendees – and perhaps an evangelical moment for the disrespectful blasphemer.
Deshi prayed, as did many others, and that evening he gently managed the man, restating his challenges and using sources the man trusted, to show him his error. Then he asked him “Why are you really so angry with God?”
The man broke down and sobbed as he told his story, Deshi quietly and firmly commanded the demons to leave, then led the man through his prayer of repentance and surrender, the affirmed his gift of salvation.
Do we have the same righteous indignation when we hear the Lord God and/or His “Church” (the body of Believers) cursed and disrespected by apostates, cultists, pagans and so-called Atheists?
Dear Lord, You are a holy and righteous God and You are not pleased when anyone attacks or demeans Your children. May I be sensitive to Your righteous indignation when anyone, including me, is disrespectful to You, Your Word, or Your family. May I speak boldly for Your truth, in loving-kindness, but still unyielding. Amen. dmc2016