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Powered by 4 - Feb. 8, 2011

  • 2011 Feb 08
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Fresh Eyes

today's reading.
1 Samuel 17:1-54    Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammi...
1 Samuel 17:1-54

1 Samuel 17:1-54think about it.
How is David's view of the different from the army's perspective (17:24-27)? What do you learn about David's heart for God here? What credentials does David have for taking on Goliath (17:34-37)? What is the secret to David's success (17:45-47)? What "giants" do you face? How do you trust the Lord to help you win your battles?

the blog.
As I read the account of David and Goliath it really hit me how I/we can allow ourselves to become almost paralyzed by hard circumstances and fear when we focus on what's going on in our lives instead of focusing on the One who is in control of all that's going on.

That's exactly what we see here in 1 Samuel 17. Saul and his army have been at war with the Philistines for over a month. They are scared and Goliath's antics are adding to their fear and stress. They don't know what to do. Then, young David arrives during one of Goliath's taunting outbursts and his response is a 180 from Saul and the army. David is angered and indignant that Goliath would dare "defy the armies of the living God" and he wants to take action. He clearly has a different focus. These 6 words from David say it all. "For the battle is the Lord's..." (vs. 47).

Life is a challenge. So how do we keep those all important words "For the battle is the Lord's" at the forefront as we take on life's challenges each and every day? Tami W. 

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