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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call Upon Your God

Read: "David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied" (1 Samuel 17:45, NIV).

Think About it: Anyone who has ever parented children or who has had the distinct privilege of observing them in their formative years of development has also been privy to a few key life lessons. Only five at the time, she was daddy's little princess, cute as a button, and had emotions that could take you on a ride much similar to a Tilt-A-Whirl at a small town carnival. One morning as her dad was drinking is hot cup of joe, he overheard a slight whimpering that steadily grew as the seconds ticked off the clock. He tiptoed around the house, leaning in to where the growing sounds of frustration were emanating. There he was able to assess the situation and the cause of the tears that were already streaming down the reddened face of his little princess. "What's wrong, sweetheart?" he spoke in a calming voice. "Daddy!" she cried with the wrinkle of her nose and the quiver of her lip. "I can't find my shoes and I have to get ready for school." Instantly the dad swept his little girl up into his arms, wiped away her quickly multiplying tears and spoke words of affirmation and confidence. "Princess. When you can't find what you're looking for, just ask Daddy. I'll always answer when you call."

Going Deeper: As David approached the giant that stood towering over him with a look of disdain and spoke words of defiance, he knew that he was in over his head. On his own merit, he was unskilled, unprepared, outmatched, and outsized to go toe to toe with the Philistine army's military champion. For forty days before David was found on the scene, Goliath had taunted, teased, cursed, and defied not only the armies of Israel, but the God of the Israel armies. David knew the battle he was about to fight was more than just a skirmish to be settled. It was a cause to be won. David's response to the belittling lies of his over-sized giant was to rely upon the one weapon that had always been his way of escape and victory. He called upon the Name of his God. The word "name" is one that means "reputation," "character," "rank," and "authority." What he lacked, he knew that his God more than made up for. There are days when you will face the giant of your life. You might feel overwhelmed and underskilled. You might grow weary with discouragement as the barrage of curses and lies are spewed out of the mouth of your "Goliath" and fall upon your battle-worn resolve. As you approach the giants that God has called you face, know that HE is with you. If He called you, He will go before you, and He will be with you. Call upon His Name. Recalling His reputation, rank, character, and authority will serve to strengthen you and your faith to stand before a giant that is ready to fall and doesn't know it's coming.

Next Step: It is very easy to fall into the trap of dwelling on all that you face. News flash: IT WILL NOT HELP YOU. When you focus on your giant, you will always find that you are outmatched. You can't win. Will power is not enough. But, when you remember and focus on who God is, that His reputation is faithful, that his character is loving, that His rank is almighty, and that His authority is absolute, your fear will be overcome by a faith that is bigger than your giant. Take a minute and write on an index card or scrap of paper all that you are facing at the moment. Go ahead and "name" your giant or giants. When you have done that, take a big marker and write down this name on top of it all: JESUS. Don't face your giant alone. Call upon your God. He knows what you need and the battle has already been won!

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