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1 Samuel 17 – What is challenging your God?

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 17 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

We see the armies of the Isreallites and Philistines come against each other in battle. The Israelites were scared of the Philistines because of their champion named Goliath. Golaith was described was a giant, and he came out daily to taunt the Israelites.

I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man who will fight with me!” When Saul and the Israeli army heard this, they were dismayed and frightened”. (v10-11 TLB)

The Israelites were afraid and terrified of the challenge from Goliath and this made me think how many times I tremble at the sight of a challenge. The challenge the Israelites were facing wasn’t aimed at them but at the God they claimed to serve. The Israelites once again had forgotten about God. They didn’t think to consult God and ask for His help rather they trembled and lived in constant fear of Goliath.

How many times do we, like the Israelites, tremble at the sight of a challenge or problem? It’s like we completely forget about how big our God is. Do we even remember to pray and ask God for help or do we resign to our fate?

They were so terrified of him that they ran away any time he came close. However, the story of the Israelites was about to change for good as a result of a young boy named David.

He understood who God is and had been on the receiving end of His help in the time past: against lions and bears that came against his fathers sheep. He knew the power of His God and no challenge (no matter how big or small) was going to make him doubt his God’s ability.

How well do we know our God?

Let’s look at David’s response when he heard Goliath bragging…

“.... Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” (v26b NLT)

David was angry and saw Goliath as not just challenging the Israelites but their God. He felt it was an insult to God.

One key thing I want us to notice here is that David’s boldness was not based on His strength, rather it was based on God’s strength and ability. He knew that with God on his side he could deal with Goliath just like the lions and bears in the past. 

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal 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 pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (v32‭-‬37 NLT)

David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord ’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (v45‭-‬47 NLT)

His past experience of God gave Him assurance. He knew that if God did it before he can still do it again. 

What experience do you have? Can you recall them to memory and let them boost your faith in God?

David acknowledged the fact that the battle was God’s to fight and that he was just an instrument in God’s hands. 

Today what challenge or situation are you facing that is defying God in your life? I urge you like David did to confront that challenge in the name of God; the commander of the host of heaven and let it know how big your God is. 

Remember with God all things are possible (LK1:37) and all power belongs to Him. 

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening.

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1 Samuel 14: The battle is the Lord’s 

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 14 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

As I read through the chapter, I fell in love with verse 6. The verse gave me a renewed hope: just what I needed to start my day.

“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord . He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”(v6 NLT)

Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”(v6 MSG)

I absolutely love how Jonathan trusted God to deliver them from the Philistines. He understood that God can win a battle irrespective of the number of warriors available. He understood that their victory was solely dependent on God and not on human strength i.e the number of soldiers you have or weapons of war.

David Guzik in his commentary on verse 6 said: 

What wise courage in God! Many in Israel probably believed this as a theological truth. But few believed it enough to do something. Jonathan’s faith was demonstrated by his works.

i. Nothing restrains the LORD! Do we really believe it? Or does the title of J.B. Phillips’ book describe us: Your God is Too Small. We often feel that God is restrained in one way or another. In reality, the only thing that could be said to restrain God is our unbelief. In Matthew 13:58, it says of one time in Jesus’ ministry, He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. God’s power is never restrained, but His will may be restrained by our unbelief. He may choose not to act until we partner with Him in trust. God had a trusting partner in Jonathan!

ii. By many or few: What did it matter? Who cares about the odds or the point spread when God is on your side? The odds were already against Israel. Did it matter if it was a million-to-one or a thousand-to-one? Numbers or odds did not restrain God, but unbelief could. Jonathan never read the New Testament, but he had a Romans 8:31heart: If God be for us, who can be against us?

iii. Notice where Jonathan had the emphasis. He had little faith in himself, but great faith in God. It wasn’t “I can win a great victory with God’s help.” It was “God can win a great victory through even me.” As Meyer says, “He had the smallest possible faith in himself, and the greatest faith in God. His soul waited for the Lord; in Him was centred all his hope, and from his gracious help he expected great things. All he aspired to was to be humble vehicle through which the delivering grace of God might work.”(David Guzik, blueletterbible.org)

I want to encourage someone today. God knows your struggles, so rather than trying to fix them yourself why not give them over to Him. Let God fight your battles for you. No matter how big the battle may be, God is more than able to give you victory. Don’t rely on your own strength or the strength of man.  Put your hope and trust in God completely like Jonathan did.

Psalms tells us that those who put their trust in God will not be put to shame. Luke 1:37 tells us that with God all things are possible.

Today why not put your trust in GOD and see Him fight your battles for you and give you victory.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening