Devotions for February 20, 2017

1 SAMUEL 17: 45-51

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 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! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

THE GOD WHO FIGHTS OUR BATTLES

We are told that God gave David a heart like his own. David seemed most offended by the giant Philistine Goliath because he dishonored the living God. It is clear from the passage that David trusted in God’s power, and not his own, to defeat what appeared to be a superior enemy.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: According to verse 45, who was David trusting to deliver the Israelites from Goliath?

Q: In whom are you trusting to fight the toughest battles in your life? Are you relying only on yourself?

Q: How can you help grow the faith of others around you by faithfully pursuing God’s will and constantly seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

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