Is There Not a Cause?

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Watering the Tulips


“"Is there not a cause?.” (I Samuel 17:29)

It would be beneficial for all of our readers to familiarize themselves with the passage prior to this verse. Israel was in battle with the Philistines. Things weren’t exactly going their way. Goliath had propositioned the Israeli armies. He had offered to fight anyone that the Jews might send forth. If he won, the Israelites would serve the Philistines. If the Jews won, the Philistines would serve them. He offered this twice a day for 40 days in a row (I Samuel 17:16). Though this may sound like a reasonable proposal, we all know that Goliath was a giant. Therefore, no man from the Jewish army was willing to battle him.

Now, David’s father had sent him to battle to take supplies to his brothers. David heard the offer of Goliath and spoke out against him. David’s brother Eliab became angry with David for speaking up. At that point, David responded by saying, “Is there not a cause.” We all know that David ends up killing the giant that very day. It seems that David was the only one that believed God was still at work. Is it possible that many have this attitude today?

Jesus said, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37). What our Lord was saying is that there is a world of lost sinners in the world that need the Gospel – that need Him. Now, the laborer has no power within himself to give increase. That power belongs to God alone. But, the laborer can plant and water (I Corinthians 3:6). This is what God has called us to do. He has called us to labor in this world by sowing the seed of His Gospel. This is what the Great Commission is all about.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). How much more confidence do we need to share the Gospel? We don’t have to worry about being successful – that’s God’s Work. We may even be in a time like the Jews were when we don’t see a lot of results. But, let us speak positively like David. God is still doing the same work He has always done. He is drawing His elect to His Son through the Gospel. This is His work and we can be confident in that it is still going on today whether we see a lot of results or not.

Child of God, we have been called to share the good news of His Son with the world! This work is to be carried out through the Lord’s churches (Acts 13:1-3). As churches, we need to understand that God still has a people that He is going to save as the Spirit empowers the Gospel (I Thessalonians 1:4-5). He has simply commissioned us to share this message. He is the one that will take it and give life. May this be an encouragement just as the Israelites were encouraged after David defeated Goliath.

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