FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013
David: A Man After God’s Own Heart
1 Samuel 17:32-40
SURVIVING GIANT COUNTRY, Lesson 5b
v. 25-40 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TRUSTING
When David hears the threats and defiance of Goliath, he determines that something must be done about this giant. He makes his intentions known, (v. 26-32); and David sets out to see Goliath defeated. But, as soon as David expresses his desire to see the giant defeated, he is met with criticism, (v. 28), and doubt, (v. 33). Yet, as we watch David move toward the moment when he will face off with the giant; we see a young man who has learned something about faith and trust in the Lord.
David has learned about God’s Purposes –1 Sam. 16:13 – David had been anointed as king to sit on a throne. David knew that he would not die this day.
David has learned about God’s Protection – v. 34-37 – David knew that everything God had done in the past, he was still able to do.
David has learned about God’s Power– v. 38-40 – David knew that victory did not reside in swords, shields, spears, armor and bows, but in the mighty power of God. He would go into this battle with the same God and the same weapons he had used before.
In other words, David’s trust was not in the army, the armor or the armaments; David’s trust was in Almighty God. The same God Who had protected him and given his victory after victory on the hills of Judea, would grant him the victory in the Valley of Elah! For David, there was only one giant there that day and His name was not Goliath. The only giant David had in his life was the Lord God Almighty, (v. 26; 32; 36-37).
What a lesson for those of us who also face giants from time to time! If we could ever learn the same lessons that David learned about fighting giants; we could make short work of them all. Here is what you need to know:
God did not save you for some giant to destroy – God saved you to take you home to glory some day! That giant cannot undo the eternal work God has already done in your soul, (Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12). That giant is there as part of God’s eternal plan in your life. That giant is there to grow you, (Num. 14:9). There’s nothing quite like cutting your teeth on a few giants to help your faith grow stronger. You can trust God’s Purposes!
God will not change courses in the middle of the stream – He will always be that which He has ever been. One of the greatest attributes of our Lord is Him immutability. That simply means His unchangeableness! God is a God, Who cannot change, (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8)! The same God Who did all those marvelous, miraculous things we read about in the Bible is still the same God today! You’ve heard about the Red Sea; the Manna; Water from a Rock; the Meal Barrel and the Cruse of Oil; the Loaves and the Fishes; the Raising of Lazarus; etc. Well, the same God Who did all those things and countless others is still our God today! His Name says it all (Ex. 3:14). He is the self-existent; changeless God! You can trust God’s Protection!
We seem to have no trouble remembering our past defeats; but we have real trouble remembering that victories the Lord has given. Think about it! We can remember every valley; but can’t seem to remember even one mountain top.
God will never fail those who place their trust in Him – Those who trust men, methods and materials can and will fail. But, those who place their unwavering trust in God and His power will never fail. You see, our God is not a weak, anemic God. No! He is a God of power; a God of glory; a God Who is ever moving in mighty ways to make His power known. Those who trust Him as they face the giants of life can see that power work in their lives by faith. God is powerful, (Luke 1:38; Matt. 28:18; Jer. 32:17). And, those who walk with their faith in Him can experience that power, (Heb. 11:1; Eph. 3:20). God is “able” – (Dan. 3:17; Dan. 6:20; Heb. 7:25).
Where is your trust as you face the giants of life? Is it in man; in the economy; in self? Those will all fail. As we face our giants let us be certain that our faith and our dependence is in the Lord. He and He alone will never fail! Our survival depends on our being able to trust Him.
Numbers 14:20-21 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—
“Trust and Obey” By: J. H. Sammis (1877)
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Father God, Mighty and Faithful God. We bow down before You, thankful for the faithful who have gone before us, who has taught us and shown us the way to live and the path to follow….Jesus, the way, the truth and the life! Helps to live like those that have gone before us, to follow their examples, to be faithful like them, to witness and encourage others to follow Jesus to Your glory. Enable us to persevere and be blessed, and be a blessings to others. These things we pray for us and for others in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and King. Amen!
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