|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:48 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Do something rather than nothing.”
In these last few devotional messages, I’ve stayed with the story of David and Goliath because it’s such a great example of being strong in the Lord and experiencing victory as a result. In today’s verse, 1 Samuel 17:48 (above), we find David demonstrating one of the keys to being strong – he did something about his problem. For forty days the rest of the army of Israel had been looking at this same problem (Goliath) but not doing anything about it. Consequently, the problem didn’t get solved. David viewed the exact same problem, gathered some stones for his sling, trusted in the Lord for victory, and then went forward and did something about the problem.
In his great little book “Overcomer”, Dr. David Jeremiah challenges us with the thought, “No matter what the world throws at you – anxiety, fear, confusion, temptation – you have a choice on how to respond. You can concede defeat or live in the victory God promises you.” Wise words. You have a choice to make. Will you shrink from your challenges, procrastinate, rationalize about why it makes sense to do nothing rather than something, or will you take action and do something about it? Even if you don’t have the entire problem figured out from start to finish, almost always there is something that can be done to make the situation better.
Procrastination in the face of problems and challenges is usually a spiritual issue first. We need to come to the point, as David did, that we trust God to provide us with the wisdom and strength needed to deal with it. Get that straight in your head and in your heart and the battle is half-won. Then if you actually take that faith in God and turn it into action on your part, you’re well on your way to victory.
How should we deal with our challenges in life? The story of David and Goliath teaches us to run toward our problems rather than away from them. I encourage you to take action. Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing.
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