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The story of David and Goliath never gets old

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1 Samuel 17:37-And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go and the Lord be with you.”

The story of David and Goliath never gets old. A few weeks ago in church our pastor was going through a sermon series in 1 Samuel and it was time for the super heroic story of the young peasant boy named David. This is a great children’s Bible story because it has the plot line of an average peasant defeating a giant in a big way. The story is exciting and shows God is bigger than even a huge Philistine. It is a great feel good story where the underdog comes out on top.  I think when I was younger my thoughts about the story stopped there. As I sat in church listening to this story recently, I was captivated by the action and I was paying attention to every little detail leading up to David killing Goliath. I was thinking this story is not just a great story for children this is a wonderful reminder to all of us that God is bigger than all of our problems or worries. We can learn a lot from this story of David defeating Goliath.

First off, David’s focus was on God and not on the struggle at hand. How freeing would it be each day if we would just keep our focus on God and not worry about our problems that seem so big? Secondly, David had huge faith. He was confident God was on his side. David says to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

As David approached the battle with his sling and just five rocks he did not let fear slow him down. This is such an important lesson for us. So often we let fear keep us right where we are. Our fears and insecurities keep us from taking big leaps of faith for God’s glory. Fear is from the enemy and we must recognize that and not let it stop us in our tracks. The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 17:48, “When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle to meet the Philistine.” What? Can you believe that? He ran quickly? How can that be? Here he was a small young lad running to meet a large person over 9 feet tall with only a sling and stones.

There is definitely a lot we can learn from David. I encourage you to pick up your Bible this week and read the story of David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17 is action-packed and filled with so many powerful reminders in our walk with the Lord. When you find yourself in a situation and gripped with fear remember David and his no-fear attitude and his huge faith in God! Let David be an inspiration to you as you let go of the fear and face your giant.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for allowing us to explore the Bible story of David and Goliath. Open our eyes so that we see this is not just a story for children. There are many truths packed in this one story that we can use in our life daily. Please be with us this week as we work to overcome our fears so we can honor you in all we do. Help us to see your glory in even the most difficult of situations. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have fears right now that are keeping you from fully being the person God created you to be?

What is one thing you can do this week to overcome your fears and have faith like David?

Wellspring women share favorite Bible verses

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A few weeks back it was the night before Wellspring devotion group and I had not written a devotion. Life had been really busy and I just did not have it in me to get a devotion done. I knew that writing one would be stressful, so my friend Stephanie had the idea to have each woman bring a favorite Bible verse to share! This turned out to be a wonderful idea and it was great for us to dig into our Bibles and choose a verse to share with the other women. The discussion was awesome and when the devotion group was over that morning, I was so glad that we decided to do this. It was exactly what we needed that morning. God definitely knew what he was doing.

Sometimes when life is so busy, we must have the courage to step back and realize we cannot do everything. We must prioritize and only do what we are able. And when I made that conscience decision to not write a devotion last time, I had to let the guilt and self-destructive words go. Instead, of being really hard on myself and feeling like a slacker, I tried to embrace my decision and feel relaxed about it.  And my am I glad I did. The Bible verses shared were powerful and each woman had a story to go with why they chose that particular verse. We all agreed it was hard to pick just one verse.

Here are the Bible verses that were shared.

John 1:9-“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”

Song of Solomon 2:4-“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”

1 Corinthians 13: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Isaiah 40:31-“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 23- “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

1 Samuel 2:25-“If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him? But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.”

1 Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

In the 10 months since we started Wellspring it has definitely enriched my life! It is such a blessing to be able to start the day surrounded by positive, God-loving women. If you are wondering, Wellspring is a morning devotion group focused on encouraging women to relax, recharge and renew their faith with God’s word. Life is busy and filled with many distractions. Wellspring is a time for women to grow and pray together. Women from Worthington and the surrounding area meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m. in the Family Room at Grace Community Church. One of the things I really like about this group is that it is women from all walks of life, women from a variety of churches. In fact, attending a church is sure not required, we want all women who long to know Jesus more to join us and be encouraged by the word of God. If you live in the area and would like more information please feel free to email awalljasper@yahoo.com or send us a message on our Facebook page.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse to share? Feel free to leave a comment!

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