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Monday, September 2, 2013

Faith Seeds: Prayers and Poetry

1 Samuel 17:45, “But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword and spear and 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.’”

David rejected the advanced armor that Saul provided. He stuck with the skills he already knew as a shepherd—slings and stones—not high-powered weaponry but familiar. Yet even with those he did not presume to fight Goliath on worldly terms of combat or expectation.

His entire defense was based on God’s word—His name—His character. And upon that David stepped out in trust.

How often, I wonder, do we fight or flee our giants based on abilities or lack of them? We search out all our options and stockpile our resources. We look for ways to gain an edge in case a catastrophe stomps against us.

When Nebuchadnezzar prepared to throw Shadrach, Meschach and Abed-nego into the fiery furnace they made it clear that, whether they survived the flames or not, they served God alone.

Regardless of the consequences they stood upon His name in trust.

Lord, please help us to loosen our fearful grip on worldly protection and begin to trust in Your name. To call on You for wisdom and guidance and strength to stand with a faith that accepts only Your deliverance by Your word.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 121:2

“My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber,”

1 comment:

  1. Marcy, Someday I will be more consistent about turning to God with all of my problems instead of trying to prepare for catastrophes myself.


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