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S.O.A.P August 1, 2017

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August 1, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 17:1-31

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 17:25a- “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel."

Observations- Upon seeing Goliath and hearing his taunts and mockery of the Israelite forces none of Saul's soldiers felt compelled to engage him in battle. They saw this huge obstacle standing right in front of them, and even from a significant distance, they wanted no part of dealing with Goliath. Young David looked and really saw the giant with different eyes- the eyes of faith.

Application- David saw the same giant in Goliath that all of the other soldiers saw; he just had a different vision for what the future held and Who held it. There will always be 9 foot giants in our lives that will present seemingly impassable obstacles, barriers we can't possibly get through in our own power, but God is greater than all of our negative giants. Defining reality doesn't mean we declare Goliath "no big deal;" rather it means we acknowledge in faith that our God is bigger than all of our problems.  

Prayer- Lord, I have encountered giants before, and You've been with me in love and mercy leading me every step of the way. It's not that the barriers and obstacles aren't a big problem; they are a big deal, but I'm grateful that You've seen me through each time. Help my faith grow to trust You more and more on this journey that together- You, me, and the Body of Christ- can do far more than we think or imagine, in Jesus' name. Amen.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9),

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S.O.A.P July 31, 2017

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July 31, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 16

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 16:6-7- When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Observations- Samuel learned an important lesson from God about not judging a book by its cover as he discerned the one who was to be king instead of Saul. Eliab looked the part- much like Saul- but God said he was not the one to fulfill the role of king. God had a different standard than the way things appeared on the outside for calling people into His service.

Application- More than 3000 years later we still need to be reminded regularly of the truth of not judging on the basis of outward appearances. It's so easy, however, to settle for a solution based upon outward appearances and natural strengths, but God tells us He looks at the heart as a far more important tool for being called into service.  You may not be the "logical" choice for some new venture with God, but that doesn't mean you aren't God's "right" choice.

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for seeing us in ways that we don't even see ourselves. You pursue us in love and mercy. You chase after us with a desire for us to be formed more and more in Your image. You look at our hearts, and this is good. Although our hearts can be pulled in many different directions, look upon us with grace and call us to serve You in ways that will surprise and delight us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),

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