Fresh truth from a familiar place ( I Samuel 17; Romans 15; Psalm 33; Lamentations 2)

“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth. that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”  I Samuel 17:46

This past weekend in Alabama a 920 pound alligator was pulled from a lake.  As I read the head line, I said, “Wow.”  But beneath this headline was a bigger wow, “a 13 foot 6 inch alligator was pulled from another lake on August 14.”

I don’t know about you, but for me, I am going to stay away from Alabama lakes.

This morning we come to a very familiar place in our Old Testament scripture reading.  Here we see the story, I Samuel 17, of David and Goliath.  Many times we read familiar passages without seeing what God intends.  Allow the Holy Spirit to show you fresh truth this day.

Think it through:

The truth before us is simply:  “Success in life is centered on focus!”

  • Israel’s focus in Goliath

The results are as follows:

  1.  They see an imposing figure, Vs: 6-7.
  2. They have inflicting fear, Vs: 11.
  3. They have intimidating fatigue, Vs: 16.
  4. They have internal fightings, Vs: 28.

These results are far too often the stories of our lives as we face tough times.

  • David’s focus is God:

The results are as follows:

  1. The imposing figure is God, Vs: 27, “The living God.”
  2. David’s faith is increasing, Vs: 34-36, “From childhood God has worked miracles.”
  3. David’s faith in invincible, Vs: 37, “I come to you in the name of the Lord.”

Question:  “What is the focus of your life?”  Is it the 920 pound alligators in life or is it the eternal God who is the God of Israel?”

Here are a few scriptures to consider:

For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
    and have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever.  Psalm 44:6-8

Psalm 33:20-22

For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
    and have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever.

II Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Our response:

This day I want my focus to be on God and His Glory!!! In this we can be fresh for whatever we face in the day!!!  In this we can know that God will see us through, over, or around every alligator of life

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