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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, February 5, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
1 Samuel 17:41-51 – Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!”
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling. And since he had no sword, he ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill the giant and cut off his head.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” –1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV)
James N. Watkins (Indiana) titled his story “LISTENING TO GOD OR GOLIATH?” Here is a portion of James’ story:
“. . . Every day, we have choices about what messages we will believe: those that come from the world around us, or those from our God. When I feel as if the world is telling me, ‘You’re a loser, a worthless failure. No one loves you,’ God counters, ‘You’re my child and I love you unconditionally.’ ‘You’re out of work and you’re going to starve’ come the words of doubt. But God says, ‘I will provide for you.’ When we hear, ‘You have six months to live’ Jesus reminds us: ‘In me, you have eternal life.’ When a voice within badgers us with, ‘Your prodigal children are lost,’ God gives us hope: ‘I can guide them home.’
“Even when we feel completely alone, the words of Jesus remind us we are loved: ‘Surely I am with you always’ (Matt. 28:20). We have a choice. What promises will we believe: taunts that echo our doubts, or promises that come from the love of God?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can trust in God’s promises today and every day.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us listen to your voice through scripture, other believers, and your Spirit. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING TO TRUST GOD’S LOVE
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