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Devotionals

Time with God - Sept. 29, 2011

 

1 Samuel 17:24-37

When all the men of Israel saw the man [the giant Goliath], they fled from him and were greatly afraid.… Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”… When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them to [King] Saul, and he sent for him.… And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you.”

Look at your present `Goliath’ through eyes that remember God helping you in the past!

Goliath was huge. David was little. Goliath was strong. David was weak. Goliath was experienced in battle. David was inexperienced. If David’s reason only weighed the current circumstances, he’d have run in fear, just like the rest of the Israelite army. But David’s perspective was shaped by his experience of God’s involvement in past crises.

Today God’s calling you: Remember how I’ve helped you in the past, and how faithful I’ve been in caring for you. Let that give you confidence beyond what your reason says as you face today.

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