Bible Study & Devotional
Written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scripture:1 Samuel 17:23, ‘As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words again; and David heard him . ‘
🔴 A Different Perspective
For forty days, the Israelite and Philistine armies stood opposite one another with a valley between them. It may seem unusual for two armies to resist attacking in favor of one on one combat. In this case, a brave warrior was to fight Goliath, the champion from Gath. If the Israelites succeeded, the Philistines would be their servants; if not, the reverse would hold.
Every day the armies assembled in battle formation and waited. The Israelites were terrified. No one wanted to bear the burden of losing against the Philistine army and cause the entire nation to be their slaves. Perhaps a few warriors thought they could claim victory, but fear and doubt seized their hearts.
And then David…
David had not heard the constant taunting; he was not part of the daily conversations and wavering opinions. David had a fresh perspective and bold faith. He knew God had delivered him from the claws of lions and bears, so what made the Philistine any different?
We can claim victory in many situations if we trust God. He uses our developed talents to glorify His great Name. The next time you feel burdened by fear or the terror of failure hinders you from trying- take it to the Lord in prayer.
Identify the ruminations of your thoughts by talking to the Lord through prayer. Ask God to help you strategically plan a course of action. In this way, you remove yourself from the current surroundings and enter into a healthy meditation with our Abba Father. God becomes our source of strength and power when we trust His purpose for our lives.
Has God called you to give a fresh perspective?
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11