If you’re standing with God then the odds don’t matter

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “David said to the Philistine: ‘You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel – you have defied him. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me.” 1 Samuel 17:45-46 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “If you’re standing with God then the odds don’t matter.”
I love the way Dr. David Jeremiah describes the encounter between David and Goliath in his book “Overcomer”. Goliath was a giant in the Philistine army. The Bible tells us that he was nine feet tall, bulging muscles, covered in armor, a seasoned warrior, and carrying the most advanced weapons a solider in that day could possess. David was a puny teenager, short and slight, and he had no weapons of any significance. The passage in 1 Samuel tells us that he was “just a youth, healthy and handsome.”, and when Goliath saw him, he scoffed and despised David.
 David went out to meet Goliath in battle and should have been in fear for his life, but instead he was bold, confident, and courageous. You can read what he said about that in 17:45-46 (above). The difference between David and Goliath, as noted by David Jeremiah, was, “… the three terms describing Goliath are all physical: size, sight, and shout. But the three terms describing David are all spiritual: conviction, courage, and confidence.”
Goliath was relying on his own strength, but David was relying on the Lord. Goliath was confident in himself, but David was confident in God. And although by worldly standards Goliath should have easily won this battle, if you know the story then you know it ended with Goliath dead and David the hero. Goliath’s mistake was that he relied on himself. David’s key to victory was that he relied on God.
What was true for David in his battle with Goliath is also true for us in our own battles. As we learned in yesterday’s devotional, if God is for us who can be against us? What can men do to us?
In His sovereign wisdom and according to His plan, it was God’s will for David to defeat Goliath. David did his part – he showed up for the battle despite the odds, he turned the outcome over to God, and then he boldly went forward and engaged in the fight. Likewise, God can slay your giants, part your Red Seas, defeat your enemies, and overcome your obstacles. You just do your part – show up, be bold, engage, and then trust Him for the outcome.
If you’re standing with God, then the odds don’t matter.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim   
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