|Never count yourself out when God counts you in. David was a shepherd boy when his father sent him on an errand for his three oldest brothers at Israel’s military garrison. As David talked with his brothers, a voice boomed in the valley between the Israelite and Philistine encampments. A large man in Philistine battledress stood in the valley below. He stood nearly as tall as a tree.
It wasn’t Goliath’s height which bothered David, but the words he said. The giant arrogantly challenged the power of Israel’s army and her God. None of the Israelite soldiers would stand up to the godless giant, so David volunteered to fight him by himself.First, David’s brothers told him he couldn’t defeat Goliath. Then King Saul discouraged David from fighting the giant. After finally convincing the king to allow him to fight, David was ridiculed by his opponent. From everyone’s perspective, David was fighting a losing battle. But they underestimated David’s faith in God. David put a single stone in his sling, and the stone struck its target like a guided missile. God had used the weak to confound the mighty, and Israel won a great victory.
Human logic would never have cast David as the favorite in the battle. God said otherwise. The same is true in our lives. For every endeavor we attempt for God, there will be someone who tells us it cannot be done. Others may say we lack ability, personality, intelligence, cultural background, or a host of other traits; but God has the final word. Our faith in His power and plan will override our weaknesses and limitations to bring Him glory.
Has someone told you that you cannot do a work God has laid upon your heart? Trust God to carry out this work, and let nothing hinder you. You might be a mouse in the eyes of the world, but with God you are mighty! Victory will soon be yours.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.