This morning’s Scripture reading at church was the story of young David slaying Goliath. King Saul had placed his armor on David, but it was so bulky David could not move easily. Instead, David armed himself with the power of God, five stones and a slingshot. David told Goliath, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47).
David stripped himself of every encumbrance. He moved toward His enemy with confidence in God and the simple weapons God had made available to him.
When problems arise in our lives we go to God, but before the last word of our prayer has been uttered we clamor to the world for solutions. However, the world’s solutions are like Saul’s armor, burdensome and clumsy. They are no help.
When problems arise in our lives, God offers us Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit. Regardless or our circumstances, God asks us to be like David and strip ourselves of all but faith in Him. In Jesus Christ, God sheds the world from our lives and gives us grace and freedom to move through our problems with Him.
It does not matter what enemy we face; God battles for us. He fills us with the confidence and faith of Jesus Christ, so we can confront our foe with the certainty that victory is ours through the Spirit.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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