The Valley Between

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 17 and 18.
Israel and the Philistines prepared to battle each other (1Samuel 17:1, 2). However, they did not go at it initially, but look what they did, “The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them” (v. 3). For what did the two sides wait? Did fear fill the camps of both armies? Did each want to be the defender, thus, waiting for the other side to attack? If one army started advancing, that army could easily be trapped in the valley between, and who would want that? This seemingly meaningless standoff produced one of the most historical fights between two men ever. From the valley between, a Philistine giant would cry out to the Israelites that they send a man to fight him, and finally a young and inexperienced warrior volunteered to fight for Israel. The youth defeated the giant and then Israel attacked the Philistines and won the battle.
Sometimes there is a standoff and someone has to have the gumption to start things off. Are you that person? Has someone walked into your worship assembly and for some reason no one has greeted that person. Everyone asks each other who that person is. Can you be the one to go and speak to that visitor? Who knows what you might have started.

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