Mixed Motives

The truth is the news wasn’t so good. Goliath stood well over 6 ft tall and maybe even ten feet tall, depending on whom you ask. The thing is he was bigger than everyone else there. His armor weighed over 120 pounds. Goliath was no slouch. He taunted the army every day, demanding they send out their biggest guy for hand-to-hand combat.

The funny thing is that as big as he was, Goliath he might have really been a coward. How do we know? This big scary giant sent his shield bearer ahead of him! (1 Samuel 17:7)  

Anyway, no one took on the giant till David showed up. The message Bible says the king offered great rewards to anyone who would take him on.

Now let’s talk motive again. David sees this as a spiritual battle. How dare someone taunt God?

David answered. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”(From 1 Samuel 17:45-47 , MSG)

His brothers accuse David of being there for the show. (1 Samuel 17:28, MSG)

No wonder our lives get so tangled up when we apply our motives to another person’s life.

Mixed motives twist life into tangles; pure motives take you straight down the road. (Proverbs 21:8, MSG)

Prayer- Lord, give us listening ears to hear another person’s side of the story. Amen.


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