by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday September 12, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Victory in The Battles Of Life
1 Samuel 17
The battles of life often seem overwhelming, leaving you with feelings of hopelessness and despair. It is reassuring at these times to read the account of David's victory over Goliath to understand that nothing is too big for God.
David was a teenager who already was steeped in the ways of the Lord because of the many nights he invested intimately seeking God while shepherding sheep. David's willing, obedient servant's attitude positioned him for the victory that would catapult him into greatness: his father wanted him to run an errand and take supplies to the battlefield, and David obeyed.
But, when David least expected it, God opened a monumental door for him. Notice how David responded in 1 Samuel 17:45-47. He not only felt compelled to fight for what he knew was right but was eager. He made a positive faith confession in the face of daunting odds, and he affirmed the proper motivation.
Finally, David responded as we all should in our Goliath life struggles. He relied on the power of God and not on his own strength. What is the famous line that echoes from this story? The battle is the Lord's. . .
Remember how it all started. David had invested countless hours in intimacy with the Lord. His inexhaustible faith and trust in the Lord came because the battle had long previously been fought - on his knees.
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