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1 Samuel 17-19

3/21/2020 - 3/22/2020 - 1 Samuel 17-19

A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year
       The story of David and Goliath has been an inspiration to everyone who reads it. Those who believe in God can see what He can do; those who do not believe are encouraged with what can be done. Of course there is no reality to the story without God’s direct involvement. How, for instance, could David hit Goliath in exactly the right spot to kill him without God’s help. The strategy is predictable, but the success is miraculous!
       Many lessons can be drawn from the story:  for instance, no one should attempt to serve God by pretending to be someone they are not. David was a shepherd, not a soldier. He could use a sling, but would have been cut down in an instant had he tried to use a sword. David was so convinced that God would not allow His honor to be defiled that he took on the greatest soldier in the world (as no doubt every Israelite soldier saw him), believing that God would have to help. And at least partially because David’s motives had no pride or personal gain in them, God used him.
       The victory belonged to God not David, but the young man still received great praise from the people for his exploit. The women’s song was at least a little ill-advised (18:7), in making such a pointed and demeaning comparison between the king and this boy). All of this infuriated Saul, who had already lost God’s Spirit (and must have known it!), so that he began plotting against David, and later tried to kill him.
       How do you approach seemingly impossible, or at least personally difficult tasks?  Are you ever in a position in which you believe God’s honor is at stake?  How about the possibility of expressing your Christian belief to others around you?  Our society seems so impervious to any religious approach. Quite likely we will be either put down, ignored or categorized as fanatical if we try.
       Yet since God in Jesus Christ has died on the Cross for our sins, do we not owe Him more than internal gratitude?  Should there not be some external response as well?  Should we not be out there telling people the difference He has made in our lives – particularly since that is precisely what He has told us to do?  (Consider Matthew 28:19‑20).
       Today, make a commitment to stand up for God’s honor in the same spirit of trust and determination that David had. There is no advantage in being obnoxious or judgmental of other people. In fact, when we share our faith in the right way, no one has any legitimate ground to feel either offended or put upon! 
       God can accomplish the miracles. He just wants us to be there with the expectation that He will work some of them through us!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011