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),