Digging Deeper – May 23, 2018
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
“‘Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 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.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’”
1 Samuel 17:36-37 ESV
SPIDER-MAN: FOCUSED FOR THE FIGHT
There is a terrible story about a man who went out to play golf early one Saturday morning. His wife became concerned when he had not returned home by dinner time. It wasn’t until about midnight when he came through the front door, exhausted. “Where have you been?” she demanded. “I’ve been playing golf” came the reply. “But that was 18 hours ago. What happened?” she asked. The husband responded, “I was having the best game of my life. I was two under par when on the seventh tee Harry had a heart attack and died.” His wife still didn’t understand. He continued, “After that it was hit the ball, drag Harry – hit the ball drag Harry . . .” This guy was focused on finishing!
David remained focused on God in the face of his enemies. David referred to God nine times in 1 Samuel 17, and he only refers to Goliath two times. God’s gift to David was allowing David to see God rescue him over and over again against impossible odds like lions and bears. David had learned at an early age to focus on the abilities of God and not the size of the problem. David knew Goliath was big, but God was bigger.
The most important question isn’t, how bad is your marriage, how far along is the disease, what’s wrong with the kids or how much do I owe? Those questions are important. But the more important question is, “Is God bigger than my problem?” God often gives us victories along the way to prepare us to have faith for bigger battles in the future. Take some time and list some past victories God has given you in difficult situations.
We will experience more victories if our God-thoughts outnumber our Goliath-thoughts. This week try to think about God at least four times as much as you think about your problems. Focus on His faithfulness instead of your fears. In Max Lucado’s book “Facing Your Giants” he writes, “Focus on giants – you stumble; Focus on God – your giants tumble.”