Sometimes we are faced with overwhelming situations that require great courage, but instead of facing our giant we wave the white flag. Then, we walked away from such circumstances feeling dejected and abandoned. So, we blame God.
Lack of courage can be the difference between success and failure
Philistine giant, was a brute of a man. People everywhere feared him. A mere
glimpse at this giant caused soldiers to shake in their boots. No one dared to
face him. In one encounter with the Philistine army, the entire Israeli army
surrendered without raising an arm.
Then came a scrawny teenage shepherd boy named David. He
would challenge and defeat Goliath. David might have been naive, but he was
confident that the God who helped him defended his sheep from predators would
help him fight Goliath. All David needed to do was to find the courage to challenge
and duel a man many times his size.
Friends, often, it’s not the size of our problem that is
setting us back. It is our lack of courage and our defeatist attitude.
Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV) 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
John 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Lord your love is authentic and unfailing. You sent your Son, a man without sin to die as a ransom for the sins of others. You have been patient with us through the ages. Still, yet we often take you for granted. But the time will come when you say enough is enough.
Help us to realize that we are on a collision course. And,
unless we make an about turn, we are on track to make the same mistake the
people made during Noah’s time.
Open our eyes that we may see the danger that lies ahead.
And remove the spirit of complacency from within us.
Increase our knowledge and understanding. And guide our
footsteps toward the path Jesus walked when He was on earth.
Give us the spirit of boldness and help us to be steadfast in our commitment to serve you. Steer us from distractions and anything that will beset us. Amen
God’s love toward us does not insulate us from trials. But it sure will see us through difficult times. Even the rebellious and unruly Israelite were allowed to enter the Promised Lands.
Deuteronomy 31:8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
It seems to me that most of us do not have a clear picture of who the God we worship is. If you asked ten Christians who God is, you are likely to get ten different answers. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that we all have debatable notions of who God is.
But, if the patriarch and former Shepherd, David were still here he would paint a clearer picture of who God is. Here is how David described God:
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Bible GatewayKing James Version (KJV)