Devotional 3/12

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 1 Samuel 17:13-14

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself.

Do the problems in your life, or in the life of others bother you? Maybe the people around you are waiting for you to be strong and courageous like David to fight those giants you see! Do you second guess your potential? Do you doubt that God is with you?

In David’s mind, the reality was that, God was with him and he trusted himself. See, David was a shepherd: he fed, catered and cared for the sheepfold. When lions and bears came to attack the sheep, he would fight them off. It didn’t matter how big or how dangerous it was, David protected his flock! As he witnessed Goliath taunting his people, he couldn’t stand the thought of anybody coming against his people like that. It bothered him!!

Self-efficacy:

  • the extent or strength of one’s belief in one’s own ability to complete tasks and reach goals.

For 40 days the people of Israel were being taunted by a giant named Goliath. And David went on his regular daily task to bring lunch for his older brothers who were soldiers in the army. David was on a man-given assignment, yet took initiative to fight against the giant.

Nobody asked David to fight; king Saul and his brothers told him not to fight, and they doubted him too. But David possessed two things: faith in God and faith in himself. So he fought the giant, and he won! It seems like David knew the scripture in Philippians 4:13 which says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Lord created us, and knows exactly what we are made of and what we are capable of. We are more than conquerors, and we can do ALL things through Him. We can choose not to believe what these people say about us, or we can choose see ourselves through God’s eyes. We would able to accomplish greatness if we chose to believe in ourselves!

God didn’t ask David to fight any giants! He moved in faith, he took a courageous step, he made a bold move! He went for it! Will you?

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for giving us confidence and courage in you. Thank you for allowing us to see who we truly are and what are capable of. We give you all the glory for all the good in our lives, the opportunities and the instinct you give us to act! You are the greatest counselor, we love you Holy Spirit. I ask you to visit all those who are struggling with their identity and self esteem: may they see what you see Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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