Aren’t there days when our adult kids look and act just like Goliath? Goliath was proud, big, mean – he made fun of David: “…he [Goliath] disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking.”
Do you remember when your kids thought they were big enough to take you? You know, it’s kind of a rite of passage. They get all puffed up thinking that they are large and in charge. Well, not this mom. I won’t be defeated by Goliath.
“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.” 1Samuel 17:40
The weapons our kids use are scare tactics, much like what Goliath used with David. Nothing is scarier than kids that have no fear. They expect us to deal with their loftiness. We are subjected to being practically ordered to pay for their adult life. Well, NOT IN MY HOUSE….anymore. I needed to remember who is in charge of this house: The Lord is first, my husband second, then little ol’ me…with FIVE STONES.
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1Samuel 17:45
When we were younger, we [my husband and I] did not have luxury of treating our parents badly to get things. Never did I consider stealing from them. They were like God to me. The Bible says that ‘children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death‘ but I never really believed it could really happen, but it does.
Pray for all adult kids to be kinder and gentler to their parents. Mighty Goliath may have all the weapons of mass destruction, but I’ll hold onto those five smooth stones….but I’ve got a feeling everything’s gonna be alright.