“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand’ ” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).
When an athlete trains for an event, his or her coach must remind them to stick to the fundamentals of the sport. While successful athletes often stretch beyond the fundamentals, they never ignore them. God has ordained certain fundamentals for the believer. One of them is faith.
In the passage above, David points his imposing enemy to the “God in Israel” who will render Goliath’s weapons useless. Because David believed God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises, he prevailed against his mammoth opponent. As we trust God, we can even zero in on some objects of faith:
1. Believe in God’s faithfulness to His Word.
While the Bible does not say how God will protect us, it does promise He will take care of us.
“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” (Luke 12:27-28).
When we trust in God’s precious promises, God honors that faith with blessings innumerable.
2. Remember how God helped you in the past.
David recalled previous contests with ferocious animals. He drew upon those experiences to deepen his faith for the present contest with the Philistine giant. We should recall instances in our lives where God has come through mightily in a time of deep need. Will He fail to come through again? Surely He will not fail.
3. Obey the Word.
Putting action to words requires faith. When we read what God requires of us, it can look daunting. But when we obey God’s Word we can always expect a good result. God honors His own Word, and will not fail to honor it in your life.
Posted on Wed, May 10, 2017
by Diane Hultgren