Friday, May 12, 2017

1 Samuel 17:45-47 -- On Facing our Goliaths with Faith

"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands."
1 Samuel 17:45-47

I like David's unwavering faith here.  He was just full steam ahead with what God wanted, and no one was going to get in the way of that.  I wonder how often in life we let our symbolic Goliaths stop us, which wouldn't be obstacles at all if we just had the faith to face them.

As David said, "there is a God" who stands up for his people.  Let's *be* those people and stand up for God's will.  Let's work up our courage and face down the Goliaths that are standing in the way of what God wants.  Let's be confident, remembering that we don't have to be mightier or stronger, because God "saveth not with sword and spear."  If we're doing God's will, the battles will be delivered into our hands.  We just have to be willing to stand up for Him.

I think sometimes the Goliaths that we face are within ourselves, but even so, we can conquer them with God's help, and be stronger and more whole once we have.  Let's go forward in faith, today and always.

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