Faith and Footsteps

“And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’ ” 1 Samuel 17:37.

Sometimes we hesitate when we should move forward for God. We want to make an impact, we desire to impact lives, and we want to grow in our faith. But then we consider what it all involves, we weigh all the pitfalls, and we soon cool in our commitment. What happened?

What set David apart was his faith. Even Israel’s leaders cowered before the imposing giant from the Philistines, Goliath. But David displayed no hesitation in running out to the battle lines armed only with a sling and a few stones. But we need to clarify what we mean by David’s faith.

1. David’s faith was not in his own abilities.
David frequently attributed any success he might attain to the Lord (see 1 Samuel 17:26, where David accuses Goliath of defying the armies of the living God). Though David was a gifted warrior, he did not trust in those abilities. He recognized that the victory did not reside in any abilities or smarts he possessed, but in the living God.

2. David exercised faith in God.
Listen to this confident utterance of David:

“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall” (2 Samuel 22:30).

At this point in his life, David was reflecting on his experiences following God. His long list of victories would rival any war hero’s, but he knew his strength came from God. This verse demonstrates David’s faith not in himself or in his gifts, but in the living God.

Application

1. Do not measure your challenge by your own abilities or resources, but measure it by God.

Most Christians err here. A problem confronts them, and they immediately identify the resources they have to combat it. The first thing on the resource list is usually money. If money can’t fix it, they consider some form of clever maneuvering. Some people rely on their ability to talk themselves out of situations. But our best step is to fully rely on God’s ability and willingness to help us. We believe God and move forward.

2. Communicate your faith to your feet.
Believing God should motivate us to action, sometimes great actions. If we truly believe God, we should act on that faith. Remember, you won’t go it alone.

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