Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Discouraged?


In 1st Samuel 17: 0, Goliath screams out, “Give me a man and let us fight each other.”

Goliath created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Have you ever been fearful or intimidated by a problem or a challenge? Verse 24 says, “When the Israelites saw (Goliath), they all fled from him in great fear.” The Israelites were like Charlie Brown, who once said, “There is no problem so big that I cannot run from it.”

Well, the Israelites and their reluctance to fight Goliath surprised and angered David.

So, David decided to take the giant on. However, in an effort to burst David’s bubble, Eliab, David’s oldest brother, spoke these words of discouragement found in verse 28, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” Isn’t that nice? What a great brother.

Here is the point. David refused to get discouraged!

We can and must do likewise. As a matter of fact, God’s word gives us a mode of operation for those times when discouragement rears its ugly head. In 2nd Chronicles 32:7-8 Ezra writes, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." 

The size of the person is more important than the size of the problem and I will go even step farther -- the size of our God is more important than the size of the problem.

Some looked at Goliath and said, “That guy is too big to hit!” However, David looked at Goliath and said, “Goliath is too big to miss!”

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