“…’I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off.” (1 Samuel 17:39b, NIV)
You know the story: small shepherd boy David (future king) defies the odds & defeats Goliath with a slingshot & single stone. Before the Israelite army stood a seemingly insurmountable problem: Goliath – trash talking giant who taunted Israel. At the mere sight of Goliath, fear gripped Israel. Except David. Where did his courage come from? Belief in who God said He was. His focus wasn’t on ‘what could happen’ or ‘might happen’. David had known God’s protection while he tended sheep. The Lord delivered him before & the Lord would do it again.
Are you facing a Goliath-sized problem? Screams in your ear of past mistakes, debt, failed relationships, etc. all generating fear. Do you maximize your problems & minimize God? Lucky for you (and me) God doesn’t ask us to try in our own strength. You can – I have & failure inevitably followed. No, God’s not asking us to do His part. He asks that we do our part. That next step of faith … the next right thing. I like to call them “faith moments” a sort of “where the rubber meets the road” reality check. Each an opportunity to Stop. Focus. And remember who I am in Christ. One step at a time while maximizing God. You don’t have to do everything. Just do the next right thing.