Oh My! 

1 Samuel 17:37
“Moreover David said, ‘The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’”

David had many reasons not to enter the arena and do battle with Goliath. David was young and had no real experience in battle. He lacked the support of those who knew him best, and the protective armor was way too big. Goliath, on the other hand, was a man of war, a legend on the battle field. His size alone was a force that spread fear throughout the camp of Israel. We would hold nothing against David, if the story read that he delivered the supplies to his brothers, then returned home. With all the reasons David had to avoid engaging in this battle, he had one reason that triumphed over all. David believed that God was alive and able to lead him to victory.

While David was not a soldier, and did not carry a sword or spear, he was not without experience in trusting the Lord in difficulty. He makes reference to times when he had to fight off a lion and a bear. Preparation for the greatest battle of his life took place on the job, as he protected his father’s sheep. It is the little battles we face day to day, that prepare us for what awaits us in the future. None of us can see around the corner of time. We do not know what trials or triumphs await us, but we can prepare for them by facing the daily challenges with the confidence of David. “The Lord will deliver me.”

Pastor Jim


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