GOD CAN turn any situation around and get the glory out of our lives. “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
Father God, thank You that You are mindful of us this day and every day. Thank You that Your hand of mercy has raised us up this day and the power of Your Holy Spirit is walking with us through this day. Thank You for Your daily love, compassion, and faithfulness that is at work in our lives. Thank You for just being the great and glorious God that You are. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!
There is always something about the stories where the underdog comes out on top, where the least of all becomes the greatest that sends chills of inspiration up the spine.
The story of David and Goliath has long evoked a sense awe at the victory won and the hope of possibility in the soul still in the fight facing his/her own giants. The fact of the matter is that many things in this life which we face day to day can at times seem too much to bear. Our worries don’t necessarily have to be against the biggest guy around. Just the struggle of making it one more day, another try at giving it your best shot, can make it really hard for some people.
That’s why this article is not going to focus on the beast Goliath was or how David brought him down with just a stone and slingshot.
Nope. I want us to focus on the confidence that David had in God.
To me, it doesn’t matter if what you face is big or small. Sometimes the hardest stuff is the routine, small stuff that gets on your nerves every single day and makes you want to throw in the towel and quit.
Yes, David did the impossible in the name of the Lord. But, what I have found out in my own life is when we evoke that same confidence in God in every area of our lives, big or small, God tends to step in and work it out for us. And, you know it was Him because that very area in life that used to be a source of hardship and frustration now becomes a place of peace and productivity.
David, before confronting Goliath, declared, “The LORD 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,” (1 Samuel 17:37, NKJV. emphasis mine). I want us to focus on “He will” of that statement. David expressed in those two little words the amount of confidence he had in the God he served.
Confidence in God the key no matter what. Many of times we misplace our confidences in the things and the people we see around us, allowing them to become our focus and control, when God should be at the forefront of the battle with us. Over and over again we are told in His Word, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man,” (Psalm 118:8, NKJV); yet, man seems to always get more of our attention and we wonder why we falter in the battle and don’t end up standing as victor over the giants and circumstances we face.
We have to rely more on God than anything else in this world. He truly is the only one who can get in there and fight with us and for us and bring us to a victorious end on the other side.
Below are some reminders to trust God and have confidence in Him no matter the size of anything we face. Knowing this will improve our day to day struggles in life and turn them into day to day victories.
- “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
- “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” – Isaiah 26:4
- “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” – Psalm 37:3
- “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
- “Never be afraid to trust in unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
- “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” – Martin Luther
- “So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.” – Oswald Chambers
“It is not for you to know times or season which the Father has put in His own authority,” Acts 1:7, NKJV
. . . . But we try to, don’t we? We feel a pull of God on our lives; a tugging to go here, or do this, or start that – and, we begin to question Jesus like the disciples did.
We want to know is it going to happen like this. We want the unfolding of the story now so that we will know how to proceed. We want to know the ins and outs of His plan for our lives. But, we don’t need to know the everything of everythings that we want to know! Yep, I said that on purpose 🙂 !
This is opposite of the faith walk that we are called to. Think about it. Abraham was called to leave the familiar to step into the unknown which brought about a name and a legacy that would endure through generations. Hebrews 11:8 tells us, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
He didn’t know! He didn’t know the plan of God! He didn’t have all the details. He just went! By faith, he stepped out where God told him to go and he “obeyed.” He didn’t question God and he didn’t try to figure the path out ahead of him. He just went!
There are certain parts of the plan that God will reveal, and the rest, as Jesus puts it, “the Father has put in His own authority.”
In other words, we have to trust Him to see to His part while we obey, step out, and see to our part even if we don’t know everything.
While every day we have is a gift, admittedly some days are harder to move past than others. Hurts, disappointments, pain, and confusion can work against you trying to hold you back. All the negatives of yesterday’s can seem like an insurmountable mountain you are struggling to climb. I pray today’s devotion would help to lighten your path today and encourage your heart to keep moving forward in faith:
One Bible character who can really teach us on how to overcome unfair treatment and affliction is Joseph. He suffered much at the hands of his brothers: ridicule, not believing in his dreams and supporting him, and treating him as if he didn’t matter; if they got rid of him then all of their problems will be solved (the enemy fails to realize that you are not the one who is the problem).
Eventually, their hatred caused them to do the unthinkable and cast him away as if he wasn’t a member of the family by selling him into slavery. Have you ever been unsupported and tossed aside as if you didn’t matter? The sting of their betrayal was with Joseph as his new life began as a slave in Egypt. Torn from all that he knew, he was ushered into a world of unknowing. What would life be like for him now?
Though in his land of affliction he found favor, he also was lied on and mistreated, adding salt to the open wounds he already suffered at the hand of his own family. How much more was one man to put up with?
In prison, alone and yet willing to still help others, he was once again forgotten and left to deal with life on his own. The awesome thing about his story, as many of us know, Joseph was not alone. God had a great plan for his life. Many of us are familiar with how God elevated Joseph out of his affliction and blessed him with a position of great honor in the palace. Eventually, becoming governor over all Egypt where everyone bowed to him except Pharaoh. What a change of position!
Joseph, after coming to power married and had two sons: “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction,” Genesis 41:51-52.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes stepping into a new day there are other things I want to forget about; things I want to leave behind. I am ready to move on. No longer do I want to dwell on what was. I want to be fruitful in the here and now.
Every day God has opened up a world of opportunity for us to forget the past and move on into something greater. We may not be governor of Egypt, but I don’t believe God has allowed us to see this new day for naught. I believe that we were designed to be fruitful!
Fruitfulness is a desire of God for His people: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper,” Psalm 1:3, KJV. Therefore, I am declaring today as the time for us to move forward in faith and be fruitful. I want us to produce a great harvest of good things in this brand new day we have been given! I want us to be abundant right where God has us planted!
Don’t carry the negatives of yesterday; they don’t belong here. They’re in the past for a reason. We have been afforded this great gift of a new start so let’s take advantage of it and work what God has given us to “Forget, and Be Fruitful!” Joseph taught us a simple, yet powerful lesson. Let’s grab hold of it and step into what God has for us.
One of our most famous struggles in life is with doubt. We have faith in and for others. We believe God to the fullest. Yet, doubt seeks to rob us in another area. It’s when we allow thoughts of inferiority to enter our space. It’s when we let the insecurity we experience on the inside come to the surface and convince us we are not enough.
We know that God is good. And, we know He is awesome in everything He does. But, when it comes to convincing ourselves of what He can do in and through us we have a hard time accepting that truth in our lives because something or someone has caused us to believe we don’t measure up; we don’t have what it takes to adequately pursue what God has placed on the inside of us.
One Bible verse that has helped me overcome that line of thinking; thinking that keeps your hopes and dreams submerged in the sea of doubt is this: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6). Meaning God will finish what He started in you and He will keep on working on you until that day of Jesus Christ.
A lot of people feel some type of way about where they are in life right now. They are viewing their lives through the lens of the journey rather than the destination. All that God wants to do through us and for us will always be a continuing and evolving work. We, as long as we are on the face of this earth, can never say that we have arrived. We will never fully meet our destination point until we are face to face with Jesus.
But, already knowing where our destination finishes should give us hope for the journey. Rather, we tend to let the journey disappoint us; we let the journey decide for us what our future will turn out to be like, telling us what we are and what we’re worth.
Our journey shouldn’t be a measure of stress or discouragement causing seeds of doubt to be planted about what God has placed in you. Your journey is the process that’s taking you in the direction of your destination. And, I don’t care who’s doing this or that over there or here – God still has His hands on us. God is still working on behalf of His children. God is still perfecting and performing stuff in our lives. God still has a glorious future up ahead for each one of us if we will just believe, hold on, and wait through the process of His performance in us.
So, the truth about self-doubt is this: God is not finished with you yet. Your journey is still moving. Your story is not over. You are not in a race to live in comparison with others. You are a follower of His lead until you become everything He has designed you to be. As long as you are alive and kicking, His purpose in you is alive and kicking. Don’t count yourself out.
Another truth about self-doubt is this: it’s not about whether we think we are good enough. It’s about the good He is able to do in us (another God-inspired thought). You are more than what your journey appears to be. You are measured by your destination. You are measured by Jesus Christ inside of you leading to your destination; drawing you to trust Him in everything He is calling you to be. If He has placed something wonderful in you, He will bring it to pass. Just believe and hope in Him. For in Him is where your real self-worth is found. Therefore, since your worth is in Him and He is the one perfecting and performing your process, don’t doubt yourself and what God is able to do in you and through you. You are so much more!
“Other’s said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? ” John 7:41
When it comes to Jesus everyone will experience one of three responses: you believe, you don’t believe or you don’t know what to believe. Jesus had that effect on people. He would do things (miracles) that utterly dumbfounded people. He would say things like, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink,” (John 7:37), that would take people totally off guard and they couldn’t help but be amazed by the words that came from His mouth. Yet, there are those who deride who He says He is and they say, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” (John 7:41). These types look for reasons not to believe.
It is an awesome thing to be fully persuaded in one’s own heart that “This is the Christ!” Many in the crowd that Jesus was speaking to on that day were divided. They were not only divided with one another, but they were perplexed within themselves about the man who stood before them teaching with such authority. They heard and saw but still wrestled in their heart to believe. Yet, in the division, there were some who knew, who felt the truth within them that “This is the Christ!”
Commotions, dissensions and disagreements, they will always exist as long as this world does. But, for those whose hearts are grounded in the truth, they can boldly declare, “This is the Christ!”
How often has someone come against your faith? How many times have you been ridiculed for what you believe in? If not verbally, but in the way others treat you because of your hope in Him? One’s faith is at the core of the declaration of Christ for oneself. If the faith is real, it will keep him/her rested in their Savior despite the contentions around. Yet, if it is but a surface faith when the hardness of life approaches it will wither under the pressure of adversity.
“This is the Christ!” The soul that can still declare that is a soul happy before his/her Lord. The soul that cleaves to the truth of these words is the soul that won’t soon be moved. The soul that rests in that wonderful truth is the soul that will find peace eternal no matter the failing of others who don’t recognize Him for who He is.
“This is the Christ!” That’s who He was then and that’s who He remains to be today. Keep your hope anchored in that truth and no matter what else may be going on in your life, your faith in who He is will see you through. Be blessed in this wonderful truth today!