“… ‘The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’”
1 Samuel 17:37 NIV
So often we forget what God has done in our lives when we find ourselves in a bind. We tend to only focus on why He isn’t working right then instead of remembering how He has come through for us in the past. God is always working whether you feel it or not. It’s times like these when you have to get out of your head and focus on what you know. Instead of giving into the pressure of what your circumstance may look like, think, “If God brought me out before, He can surely do it right now.” I even challenge you to add “God I am expecting you to deliver me.” In dire times, you need to focus on the solution (God) and not the problem. God is bigger than any problem that you can ever have.
In today’s verse, David found himself in a rather tight situation—having to defeat the Philistine Goliath. When David offered to defeat him himself, Saul refused stating that he was a young man and Goliath was a champion since his youth. In other words, in Saul’s eyes, it was impossible for David to win the battle. David, in his young age, reminded Saul that he once killed both a lion and a bear by God’s grace, and the same God that delivered him from the teeth and claws of the lion and bear is the same God that will deliver him from the Philistine. That’s the type of faith we need when circumstances try to defeat us. We must remember God’s divine deliverance from the past and reignite our faith. Even if you only have one experience to remember or fifty, focus on those to renew your faith. If God healed you before, He’ll do it again. If He provided for you before, He’ll provide for you again. The God that you know and believe in is the same God back then. God gave David victory, and since He is no respecter of persons, He will give you the victory as well!
Meditation Scripture (s):
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
“… ‘I am the LORD, and I do not change’…” (Malachi 3:6 NLT)
“ ‘I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?’” (Jeremiah 32:27 NLT)