Are You Listening to God or Goliath?

October 6, 2009 by  
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David had a choice in 1 Samuel 17.  He could believe the promises of Goliath or God.  “The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you are coming after me with sticks?”  Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  The Philistine said to David, ‘Come here to me, so I can give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the field!’  “But David replied to the Philistine, ‘You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin.  But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel’s armies, whom you have defied!  This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand!  I will strike you down and cut off your head.  This day I will give the corpses of the Philistine army to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land.  Then all the land will realize that Israel has a God and all this assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves!  For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will deliver you into our hand,’” 1 Samuel 17:43-47 NET.

As you know, it was Goliath who became buzzard meat.

We have a choice, whose promises will we believe: our enemy or our God?

“You’re a loser, a worthless failure” or “You’re a child of God.”

“You can’t do it” or “I will give you strength.”

“You’re out of work and you’re going to starve” or “I will provide for you.”

“You have six months to live” or “In Me, you have eternal life.”

“Your prodigal children are lost” or “I will guide them home.”

“No one loves you” or “I love you unconditionally.”

“You’re alone” or “I am with you.”

We have a choice whose promises will we believe: the loser or the winner?

PRAYER: Father, as we face our individual Goliaths today, may we believe Your promises, rather than the giant’s.  “For the battle is the Lord’s.”

Today’s devotion by James N. Watkins is reprinted by permission from copyright © 2009.  He is the author of fifteen books, including Squeezing Good Out of Bad, and over two thousand articles.  He has spoken across the United States as well as overseas.

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