Wiffle-ball is fun because it levels the playing field. Our teams’ leading home run hitter can be bested b y a seven year old during a game of wiffle-ball. It is not by strength or might that wiffle-ball games are won. It is all about correct contact. A young child can out hit an adult by an easy swing that makes full contact with the plastic bat to the plastic wiffle-ball.
An account of correct contact is recorded in the Bible. A young boy had correct contact with His God and bested a giant with a sling and a stone. The shepherd boy, David, talked and listened to God. He trusted God when he protected his sheep against the attack of a lion and another time against a bear. David’s constant contact with God filled him with courage to stand before the giant Philistine soldier, Goliath. Goliath and his army were mocking God and David could not accept their taunts.
David swung his sling with the same confidence when he faced the lion and bear. David knew that this battle was not going to be won by neither might nor strength. He knew it would be won by God using him to kill an enemy. The sling whirred around over David’s head; the stone was released at the precise time and found its mark on the forehead of a giant who trusted his own brawn instead of God.
Few of us face fearful opponents in the form of giants. You are faced with situations and challenges that are overwhelming and can fill you with fear. The next time you face a giant, remember the wiffle-ball and David.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”