In studying the Word, I got to 1 Chronicles chapter 20. Reading this full chapter which consists of just eight verses (yeah, I know very few, further detail necessary so as not to puff myself up as so spiritual 😉…this is really for my own good!!…let those with eyes read in between the lines!!), what pulls me into deep thought is verse 6 and 7. 6 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.
I mean, this man had an extra finger on each hand and extra toe on each foot. Occasionally, I have seen someone with this occurrence on one hand or one leg but not in all. Why did God create this man so? In addition he was of great stature. Please remember that this battle took place at Gath, the same town that Goliath came from. Yes, that same Goliath you know that was defeated by David...some little ululation there please!!!!!!!!🙌💃💃
As I type this words, it is amazing how I can create hyperlinks to the Bible without hesitation. Am literally saying to myself if it is written in God’s word, then you can take it to the bank. My apologies for diverting but I need to express what I feel right now. I feel this assurance that comes from just simple faith. We were not all there when the writings were made or even the decision to arrange the books in the order that they currently are, leave alone choosing what books should be included or the titles/names of each book. It is only by faith that I have this confidence that my Sovereign Lord was in charge of the whole process for my sake. To guide me when I needed Him. To offer a place that I can hear from Him when am in need of answers. He is such an All-Knowing God that He foresaw this need in me right now right here. How grateful I am…How loved I must be. But even the more humble I need to be to request for an increase in my faith as He is the founder and perfecter of it.
Given the long paragraph, you can tell I express myself better in writing…at least I know that!!😇😄
Okay, now back to this huge man who was in the same town that Goliath (nine feet tall) came from. Given he still wanted to fight David and his men, I doubt his parents gave him a bedtime story to help him learn what happened earlier, you know!!!🤓🤔😉. He should know people 😉, especially the ones that he should not have dared to fight. Because they were likely to kill him…not with their physical strength but because of the special favour and anointing from the Creator Himself. And just to display this fact, this huge man was killed by Jonathan,David’s brother and not even David himself.
For me, this first speaks of how David’s anointing spread to the people who were on his side and especially those who fought for him which meant fought for the God of Israel. The huge man had taunted the people of Israel which meant he had troubled the people who were chosen by God.
Ever heard of how one would want the blessings of one person to rub on them on the basis of them hanging around such a person? Or how families can get reluctant to seek God just because the mother of such a house is so prayerful and God fearing? Well I know I sometimes fall in the second category. I cannot reiterate more how I am very much aware that my mother’s prayers have contributed greatly to where I am in my life and the far I will go. Despite the need to work harder on my own spiritual walk, this is one factor of the little success in my life I can never ignore. Thank you Mum!!🙏🙌🙋💃💖 #MothersDay
So far, we have two examples of people using their “higher” positions to positively influence those under them. And we also have an example of a person who used his “higher” position to bring pain to those they viewed less privileged. I am still trying to figure out why he even needed twelve fingers and twelve toes in the first place. The rest of us have ten each while others have less and our lives are still very much okay…relatively speaking! So why did he need twenty four?🤔😕🙆
Anybody with answers?? Don’t forget he was also a huge man meaning more physical strength. Okay, I will stop with the questions and suspense and pretense that I have the answer myself. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know…why do I ask the questions if I do not have the answers myself? Well, I do not have answers par se, but rather just my two cents. So here it is!!
The focus for me is not why he had to have the extra features unlike the rest of us, but instead my interest is more of what he did with the privilege or power that the average man does not have. There are so many unanswered questions as I write this post and even more by the time you get to read it, that even the brightest of scientists have no solutions to. In addition, there are questions that need answers that no one on earth has even thought of asking. So I will not attempt to try and understand God’s mind as it is unfathomable.
All I know is that just like Goliath, this huge man, whose name was not deemed important for us to know, went fighting smaller people instead of choosing the winning side and supporting the good cause. I guess they were both great in stature but poor/small in wisdom, favour and anointing. Which one would you choose? Great physical endowment or God’s favour? At least I know there is no choosing for me as the physical endowment part was not in my answer choices..😂😂😂😂🤣😇
Okay, am serious now 😐 ..what are your strengths? Remember SWOT analysis?…Strength..Weakness..Opportunity..Threat..? There is need to evaluate ourselves and see what areas in our lives give us a relatively higher position of power/skill to accomplish certain tasks. And afterwards, the need to use these endowments in a manner that does not harm others, which I find very vital while fulfilling one’s purpose.
I now need to stop typing..am almost at a thousand words but you can guess by now am in a really good mood today. I must confess am in a place of complete surrender to God’s will for my life and have let go of the driver’s wheel. This is a position that I have to deliberately come back to if I want my Heavenly Father to keep smiling at me from above. And yes, I have to get back as often as possible given that I sometimes tend to deceive myself that I can drive to my life’s exact destination using the right path. Driving I can, but definitely not in the way that my Omnipresent God would desire!!..and at this point am itchy for an emoji to fully express my gratitude to God’s grace and mercy in my stubborn moments…hehehehe!!
How I pray that this post has stirred up your thinking. And may I be counted faithful in using this “higher” skill not to harm you but encourage you in your path and pray you get closer to fulfilling your own purpose as much as I ought to with mine. May our legacies be more than four sentences in the history books…may it include our names and our works for the sake of humanity🙏!!
God bless. See you next week Friday. I have had so much fun writing this one 😇😊😊🤗🙃😉!!!
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