Have you heard the old expression, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”?
Clearly, a dog in Australia knows it well.
If you’ve seen a shark and a dog beside one another, no matter what the dog’s size, it’s obvious the shark’s mouth holds more teeth, expands bigger, and it’s not worth encountering. Don’t tell that to the dog in a recent viral video entitled, “Dog has ride on a shark”.
No one told him he couldn’t do it, so he did it. That simple.
Maybe you feel like a dog in a world of sharks. Do you find yourself nervously swimming expecting to get bit at any time? What if you looked at your situation from a different light.
You’ve got money troubles and need wisdom and cash. Or, relationships stress you out, and you feel like your stuck in a slimy pit with slippery walls and no rope. Or, your kids hit your batty button daily, you scream your head off, feel guilty, wish it could stop, but it doesn’t, and the roller coaster continues. Feel stuck?
You sense you’ve been given a tiny mouth, and your swimming in the vast ocean with sharks who could and probably will swallow you whole at any time.
King Hezekiah knew that feeling. A powerful army from the country of Assyria invaded the land of Judah. He and his people were under siege and it seemed hopeless. The king of that country shouted taunts, made fun of God, professed his ability and power (which he clearly and successfully held in his hand). Here’s Hezekiah’s response to the sharks in his ocean:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” 2 Chronicles 32:7 and 8a Read the story by clicking here.
The situation felt perilous and stressful. It didn’t make sense to have hope, but they did. They trusted God in spite of evidence to the contrary, and they won.
The news preaches doom and gloom, our pocket books dwindle, our homes or cars break, why shouldn’t we give up?
Because all this stuff is merely an “arm of flesh”, it has no strength by itself. God grants strength where He wants it, and He is much more capable than we can imagine. He takes our tiny canine bicuspids and grants us courage and skill we never knew we had.
You think you’re just a dog and the world is full of sharks? Take inspiration from a dog who knows he’s got more fight in him than the sharks swimming by his feet. Go ahead, bite the shark.
My choice today:
View my abilities through God’s eyes, not mine.