Unfinished Life: Week 1 - Day 2

OPENING PRAYER:

Father God, I begin this day by meditating on your word and remembering who it is that I belong to. May this truth keep me grounded throughout this day no matter what happens. Amen

 

READ:  I Samuel 17:45-46a (NLT)

 “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, who you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you.”

 

REFLECT:

 When retelling this story, many people focus on Goliath with his physical stature and arsenal of weapons versus David, a young shepherd with a sling shot and a few stones.  Before the battle, King Saul’s perspective was similar. He tried to fit David with his own armor – a bronze helmet, chain mail and a heavy sword. Saul, like many of us, had an incomplete picture of the circumstances.

 As we start our day, many of us find ourselves facing our own giant so we put on the world’s armor. Start earlier, stay later, work harder, bend the rules, lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, network with the right people and the list goes on. When David walked around in the king’s armor, he immediately felt uncomfortable.  But we spend so much time listening and doing things the way the world does, we get comfortable with the idea that we are the power needed to take down the strong man.

 

APPLY:

 While David was out in the hills tending sheep, he also spent time thinking about God and getting to know him. According to I Samuel 17:34-36, Goliath wasn’t the first giant David faced. He killed both lions and bears when they threatened his flock. David knew it was God who would give him success in battle. God will provide all we need to defeat the giants we face if we will trust him and refuse to fight in our own strength alone.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

 Lord, help me remember that you are the King of Heaven’s Armies, God Almighty. I do not want to face the giants of my life in my own strength. Keep me focused on you and remind me to rest in the strength and power you give me to overcome temptation, trials and giants.  Amen

Terry Schneider