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Monday, January 24, 2011

A Lion And A Bear

A pivitol point in the story of David and Goliath comes when David remembers how he experienced God's power in previous battles in his life. Even before David is able to go out against the giant, he first has to overcome the opposition he faces from his own people. First Eliab, the oldest brother of David, speaks demeaning belittling words to David, asking David with who he left those few sheep in the wilderness. But David rises up in faith and says, "Is there not a cause?" David does not let the negative words of an older brother sway him from the battle. Then the king, Saul, tries to discourage David by saying, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, seeing you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth." But David had an answer for Saul, "Your servant used to keep his father's sheep and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it." David refers to his previous experiences with God to show that he believed God would deliver him in this situation also. It is very important that we trust God in smaller experiences in life, for these become the foundation upon which we can stand, when we face a bigger giant. This was the turning point in the battle against Goliath. It was this confidence that David showed in his God in previous experiences that changed Saul's mind, to allow David to pursue the giant. If David had not had those previous faith encounters with God, he would not have been ready for this huge giant. Every day is an opportunity to trust God, and prove His power in our lives. And every one of these "smaller" miracles builds within us a confidence and faith that we will need when we face a Goliath like giant. Pro. 3:5,6 is our reminder to trust God everyday and in every stiuation, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Let us walk each day with faith in God for His power and provision, and position ourselves for our future battles.

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