Most young people, even those who feel like one, have grown fond of expanding their territories, blitzkrieg-ing defenseless players, and looting 1 000 000 coins and 500 000 elixir drops to become the best chief in the game of Clash of Clans.
This strategy hormone-oozer is designed for competitive players to upgrade their respective clans to those similar to the Great Reich in World War II and the British Brigade in the 19th century. In order to do that, players can set their swordsmen, archers, goblins, and wizards around enemy territories and commence the clash. Armies then slash and shoot at garrisons, bomb defenses, crush edifices, and summon pixie dusts and magic flares to opponents’ properties and battalions. Once everything is turned to ashes, the screen then goes “VICTORY,” with five gold stars, added loots and trophies, and bonus EXP. Hooray!
If these were the scenarios of modern players, then God must be the best chief of the game. In fact, He did not even call skeletons from the grave, give them Bomberman’s explosives, and make opposing tribes’ town halls go “KABOOM”. According to 1 Samuel 17, He only used one short, young, armor-less David at the center of the Israelite-Philistine battlefield. Excruciatingly, he had only a bag of “five smooth stones” (17:40) and a “sling” (17:40) to fight against the nine-foot champion, Goliath of Gath. Gamers might say, “Are you sick and crazy? Israel’s an Is-a-loser for sure.” Fortunately, the giant fell to the ground at David’s first “stone strike” to the forehead, and the latter cut the former’s head so that “all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (17:46).
Let’s ponder. If God empowered David to kill Goliath by the force of one stone, how much more will He strengthen you and me to kill our giants in life by the force of His Word. Ephesians 6:13 describes the whole armor of God with purposes “to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm”. Therefore, when we face our “Goliath” in life, through His armor, we can stand firm and retaliate by throwing our stones at them. In fact, who is the best COC player anyway? 🙂
~ Zachary Bisenio