Some verses jumped out at me from 1 Samuel 17 this week. We all know the story of David and Goliath, but we always get something new when we are looking for it. At least I am starting to!
Saul tells David that he is too young and inexperienced to go against someone as big and fierce as Goliath. All David hears in that is “Blah, blah, blah.” He says to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Wow. I want that faith! I want faith that remembers the times God came through for me and count on Him helping me again. I want to think about God’s faithfulness instead of my circumstances. God has come to my rescue again and again, and I still have doubts somehow.
David has given me the perfect model for dealing with adversity. Instead of shrinking back, I should say, “The Lord who rescued me from_______ will also rescue me from________!” For example, “The Lord who rescued me from heartache and sadness will rescue me from loneliness.” Or “The Lord who rescued me from paying that bill late will rescue me from the financial burden I am in now.”
When we tell the world that we aren’t afraid but are instead trusting God, we are telling Satan to back off or we will unleash God on him. He doesn’t want that! Satan wants us cowering in fear over what MIGHT happen and forgetting what DID happen. He wants us to give up and slink off to the corner to lick our wounds.
Nope. Not me anymore!
The more we think about the times God has come through, the more our faith will grow. The more we look back on the positive outcomes, the greater our trust that it will happen again. Life won’t always turn out the way we want, but as long as our faith is in God, He will work it out for our good and His glory.
And He will help us slay that giant!
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