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Stand Firm

Read 1 Samuel 17:34-49 - David and Goliath

But David persisted, "When I am taking care of my father's sheep," he said, "and a lion or a bear comes and grabs a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If it turns on me I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" 1 Samuel 17: 34-37 (TLB)

Monica A Andermann lives in New York. Her husband, Bill, came home from a recent camping trip with an anecdote. As he was cleaning up after dinner, a hungry raccoon scrambles onto the site. It took Bill by surprise, and as the raccoon inched closer, Bill backed up. When he realized that he was much larger than the animal, Bill roused his courage. He raised his hands, growled, and rushed the raccoon. The pest scampered off, defeated.

While they laugh about this now, Monica thinks this story holds an important lesson. Sometimes we are faced with surprising situations that make us feel as though we are backed against a wall. a frightening diagnosis, unexpected job loss, betrayal, addiction, and temptation are all human experiences that we may feel ill-equipped to handle in the moment. While Monica doesn't necessarily recommend rushing a wild animal, she does know that when we face challenges as David did in today's scripture - head on, strengthened through prayer, faithful and confident in God - our Lord will see us through. We don't need to back away from our troubles; we can move forward strengthened by God.

Prayer: Dear God, give us strength and courage when we face unexpected challenges. Thank you for helping us move forward in faith, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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