|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “Then David said, ‘The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Think God-thoughts rather than Goliath-thoughts”
In yesterday’s devotional I quoted King Asa from 2 Chronicles 14:11-12 as he was faced with a vastly superior enemy army. He prayed, “Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on you.” In that devotional I challenged each of us to consider to what extent we really are depending on God rather than on worldly solutions to our problems. I want to continue that thought this morning by taking us back to Dr. David Jeremiah’s thoughts about the battle between David and Goliath, as he explained it in his book, “Overcomer”.
Dr. Jeremiah pointed out something about that scene in 1 Samuel chapter 17 which I never really noticed before in the many times I have read that chapter of the Bible. In the narrative leading up to the actual fight between David and Goliath, as David was explaining to King Saul and then to Goliath himself why it was that he was not afraid to fight Goliath, David mentioned God nine times and Goliath only twice. Nine times David referred to God as the reason he could confidently engage this gigantic problem known as Goliath, and only twice did he mention Goliath himself.
Let me ask you, do you think about God four times more than you think about your problems and challenges? Do you talk about God four times more than you talk about your problems and challenges? Perhaps if we gave God a 9-2 advantage in our thoughts, words, and actions, we would have the kind of confidence and success dealing with our own challenges that David had in dealing with Goliath.
The fact is that God is sovereign over all the circumstances of our lives. He loves us more than we can comprehend, He guides us and protects us, He works for our benefit and well-being even when we’re not aware of it, and I believe it grieves Him when we don’t trust Him enough to focus on Him rather than on our problems and challenges.
I encourage you to think God-thoughts rather than Goliath-thoughts. Speak God-words rather than Goliath-words. Then take action based upon your trust in God to empower you. He will enable you to defeat the Goliaths in your life.
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