Finding strength in small times


As I’ve been looking over our pictures  in Israel, I am in awe of this place especially.  The valley of Elah. These are the very grounds that David struck Goliath with one small stone. If you know me, you know that this is my most favorite story in the Bible. 

But months and years before this, somewhere in another quieted field, David tended to lambs. 

He knew nothing of greater stories yet, but only a Great God whom he was in constant communion with. 

That's key. 

Lambs are small creatures that were put into his care. If he thought more of himself to take care of small and tender hearts, he would not be ready when God called him to fight the next task. God strategically and purposefully put in front of him, the first giants.

The bear.

The lion.

He was found faithful. 

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much..." 
Luke 16:10a

And so, even when the time came, his brothers doubted him, His king didn’t believe in him, and his enemy mocked him. But he found strength in God.  Unbeknownst to him, he had been training for this.
 His God, my God, calls us, and can bring down ‘the impossible’. 

I love to think about the moment David said, 
“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. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands...”
1 Samuel 16:45-46

Notice David called him, ‘Lord Almighty’ which is equal to the same name of God as the ‘Lord of Hosts’ in the Hebrew language. In other words, the God of heavenly armies. This name makes my spirit jump every time I think of it. 

The last time ‘this name’ had been mentioned like this in Faith was decades before, in the closing of the time of the judges. This conveys a huge period of spiritual decline. Sound familiar?
And here was a boy who was willing; he called on Him, the Lord of hosts, believing in the mighty power of his God. 

My favorite part is this:
Once David said this, Goliath was ALREADY defeated. 
The giant would, undoubtedly, be brought down. God uses His faithful ones to show His Power. 

Our God is the Lord of Hosts. Is Anything too hard for Him? I am encouraged to think about this: If we go about our business, tending to what He’s called us to in the quietest of times, he fills us with confidence, he fills us with his power, and encourages our hearts to move in Him. 


He’ll use us. Stay ready.

"The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him..."
Psalm 37:23

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