Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who Will Take a Stand?

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. ~ 1 Samuel 17:45

When David first showed up to check on his older brothers, he was a mere teenager.  He looked out to the valley and observed the mighty Goliath who had been taunting David's people incessantly for forty days.  Even the great king, a fierce warrior, feared this seven foot tall behemoth.

David looked at the giant from God's vantage point.  He saw weaknesses that the others did not perceive.  He also saw strengths in the one he followed.  Every time David was asked to go rescue a lost sheep, he answered the call.  He defeated the lion and the bear with nothing to protect him but the power of God.

David rose in the ranks quickly.  He won every battle he was asked to lead.  God protected him.  This lowly teenager, the last born of Jesse, would become a part of the lineage that brought our Savior into the world.  As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, let's remember the role models we are to follow, like David.

Pay attention to how David viewed his challenges.  They may have looked impossible through his own eyes.  By looking at obstacles from God's perspective, David gained confidence and strength.  Enter the battlefield of life in the name of the Lord Almighty.  Declare every victory in His name and for His glory.  No enemy, no matter how tall, will be able to defeat you.

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