A few years ago, I heard my brother-in-law, Peter, tell a story about when he was in school and met a guy named Dave.
Dave was the underdog and didn’t have very many friends. Peter explained that my mother-in-law always taught him to make friends with everyone, even those who are not popular. I instilled the same value within my daughters as well, and I wasn’t surprised to hear that my mother-in-law taught this value to her children.
Peter heard his mother’s voice in his mind, and he was nice to Dave when others weren’t.
Well, the one thing about Dave was he was large in physical size. One day, Dave came to Peter’s rescue in a conflict just by his mere size and presence. Dave also owned a cool car and would drive by and honk and say hello to Peter. Everyone would ask, “Who is that?” Peter would proudly reply, “That’s my friend, Dave.”
So where am I going with this story?
There is a scripture in Romans 8:31: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” I thought of this scripture in this example.
Have you ever faced a giant? It could be a person who loves to disagree and stir up conflict. It could be a trial. God is many times the size of these giants, and it is up to me to look to Him and trust Him.
Why did Dave show up for Peter in his story? It was because Peter showed kindness when others didn’t. Then, unexpectedly, Dave showed up for Peter.
Our Lord is there all the time. I don’t have to do favors for the Lord. He loves me unconditionally and is for me in my battles. The Lord shows up in the nick of time, but the assurance to know that “if He is for us who can be against us?” gives me confidence to face the giants.
The vehicle isn’t some cool car, but the vehicle is my relationship and trust in the Lord who is larger than any giant I face.
The saying is true. It is good to have friends in high places, and I can’t think of a better friend who has my back—but his name isn’t Dave.
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