Today’s Scripture: Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls 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 all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands. 1¬†Samuel¬†17:45-47

Never count yourself out when God counts you in. David was a shepherd boy when his father sent him on an errand for his three oldest brothers at Israel’s military garrison. As David talked with his brothers, a voice boomed in the valley between the Israelite and Philistine encampments. A large man in Philistine battledress stood in the valley below. He stood nearly as tall as a tree.

It wasn’t Goliath’s height which bothered David, but the words he said. The giant arrogantly challenged the power of Israel’s army and her God. None of the Israelite soldiers would stand up to the godless giant, so David volunteered to fight him by himself.First, David’s brothers told him he couldn’t defeat Goliath. Then King Saul discouraged David from fighting the giant. After finally convincing the king to allow him to fight, David was ridiculed by his opponent. From everyone’s perspective, David was fighting a losing battle. But they underestimated David’s faith in God. David put a single stone in his sling, and the stone struck its target like a guided missile. God had used the weak to confound the mighty, and Israel won a great victory.

Human logic would never have cast David as the favorite in the battle. God said otherwise. The same is true in our lives. For every endeavor we attempt for God, there will be someone who tells us it cannot be done. Others may say we lack ability, personality, intelligence, cultural background, or a host of other traits; but God has the final word. Our faith in His power and plan will override our weaknesses and limitations to bring Him glory.

Has someone told you that you cannot do a work God has laid upon your heart? Trust God to carry out this work, and let nothing hinder you. You might be a mouse in the eyes of the world, but with God you are mighty! Victory will soon be yours.

 

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.