The Big, Living God
Read 1 Samuel 17: 24-49 The Story of David and Goliath
David talked to some others standing there to verify the report. "What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his insults to Israel?" he asked them. "Who is this heathen Philistine, anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?" 1Samuel 17:26 (TLB)
Linda Chandra is from Banten, Indonesia. Her sink and roof leaked last week. In addition to these problems, her spouse's business is suffering due to their country's uncertain political situation and economic downturn. Even with less income, they still have to pay the school fees for their biological and foster children. All together, these troubles felt overwhelming and insistent.
But God spoke to Linda through 1 Samuel 17:26. When all of Israel was afraid of Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior in impressive armor, David confidently decided to fight the champion soldier. Why was David so brave? Because he believed in the living God and that the people of God would not be overcome, even by Goliath.
While life can feel overwhelming, Linda is reminded that none of her problems is greater than her God. Through this scripture, God shows her that she has to stop saying, "O God, I have a big problem!" Instead, like David, Linda can dare to say, "Hi problem, I have a big God!"
This is just another example of why we need to read the Bible, so we have scripture to fall back on in a time of need.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your lovingkindness that is new every morning. Help us to focus on you rather than the magnitude of the problems we face, in Jesus' name. Amen.