Listen, Israel: Today you are about to cross the Jordan so you can dispossess the nations there, people greater and stronger than you who live in large cities with extremely high fortifications. They include the Anakites, a numerous and tall people whom you know about and of whom it is said, “Who is able to resist the Anakites?” Understand today that the LORD your God who goes before you is a devouring fire; he will defeat and subdue them before you. You will dispossess and destroy them quickly just as he has told you. (Deuteronomy 9:1-3, NET) Are you like…
“And this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the LORD saves, for the battle is the LORD’s. He will hand you over to us.” (I Samuel 17:47, Christian Standard Bible) A favorite Bible story from childhood tells of the shepherd boy David slaying Goliath, the formidable Philistine giant. The account, found in I Samuel 17, is filled with everything that make a story exciting: (1) a bad guy (super big and mean), (2) a good guy (likable but greatly outweighed), and (3) a problem (bad guy and his buddies trying to push the…
“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” 1 Samuel 17:46 (King James Version of the Holy Bible).
David, the shepherd boy, was speaking prophetically in this verse about what would take place as a result of his confrontation with Goliath. It didn’t look likely that the giant could be killed by this young man. However, David was confident in his God. David wanted everyone to know that there is a God in Israel and that God was behind the victory that was about to happen.
Whatever you’re up against today, know that there is a God and He is not far away. He is present with you! You may be confronting a giant, but with God all things are possible regardless of how impossible the situation may appear.
Prayer: Lord, You know the way I take. Be with me every step. I am weak but You are strong!
Devotion by Kaye Singleton