Dear Church Family,
I love what is referred to as “March Madness,” the time when the NCAA basketball tournament is held to determine the national champion. I love watching the games, but one of the things Carolyn and I love doing is filling out our brackets prior to the start of the tournament and seeing who can predict the most wins. Don’t tell anyone, but over the years, she has done a better job predicting the games than I have. One reason the NCAA tournament is so fun to watch is because almost every year there is a team or two who is given basically no chance of winning a game, but that underdog team plays well enough to not only win one game, but maybe even two or three. We often refer to them as a Cinderella team. In my bracket, I always pick a few “underdogs” to upset a favorite. For example, I always pick a 12 seed to upset a 5 seed. Looking at the Bible, I can’t help but see the ultimate “Cinderella” in the story of David defeating Goliath. David, a small, unknown, young man shocked all who witnessed what happened on that particular day as David, with only a slingshot and five stones in hand, volunteered to fight Goliath. This Philistine laughed at young David as he approached him to fight, but in the end it was David who won the battle and conquered the giant when the stone David let fly from his slingshot, hit Goliath in the head. Goliath fell dead to the ground. David had entered the fight in full confidence and faith that God would deliver him. In fact David told King Saul, “…..The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37) David, speaking to Goliath said, “……You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, ……….This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand……..that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:45-46, NKJV) God used David, an unlikely teenager to accomplish a great and mighty task for Him. No matter how young or old you are, God can use you, as long as you put your faith, trust and confidence in Him alone. God seems to delight in taking the underdogs of this world to accomplish great and mighty things for Him.
May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!