Monday, May 19, 2014

Devotion For The Day

1 Samuel 17:36-37 (NIV)
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 delivered me
from the paw of the lion and the paw of the
bear will deliver me from the hand of this
Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the
LORD be with you."

David had been going back and forth from
playing music for the king to tending his
Father's flock. His Father asked him to take
some food to his older brothers and get their
promise that they would share the spoils of
war. When he delivered the food, he saw the
enemy army send out one giant man who
asked for a one on one to determine the
outcome of the battle without the two armies
clashing. Whoever lost would be servants of
the other nation.
David inquired about the reward for fighting
Goliath and spoke boldly that someone
needed to kill this heathen. It was reported to
King Saul who had David brought before him.
David told the king not to worry. He
volunteered to fight the giant. The king told
David that a boy did not have a chance
against a seasoned veteran like Goliath.
Then David relayed his experiences of killing
a bear and a lion in protection of his flock.
David had confidence in God because of past
victories. He had faith that God would win
this battle because this giant was defying the
armies of the living God. Experience and faith
told David that this lion that threatened God's
sheep would be like the lion he had slain
defending his father's sheep. You have been
given victories in your past to help you have
confidence in what God can do today. Mix
the experience from your past victories with
faith in God's heart and take on the giants of
life today.
Meditation: "Go and the LORD be with you!"

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