Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Courage and Confidence

Yesterday in my devotions I read again the story of David and Goliath.

32 David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him."
33 Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
34 But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."

Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."
It took courage for David to talk to the King. It took courage for him to go after the lion and the bear when he was tending his flock. It took courage to stand up and say that he would fight Goliath. But he was able to have courage because he was confident that he could win. He was confident in his own abilities, and he was confident that God would deliver him- because He had been with David in the past. David remembered the ways the God had helped him.
We need to have courage- we need to step out in faith sometimes - and we can, because we have confidence in the living God. Take time to remember how God has helped you in the past. Be confident that He will be with you in the future. And be confident in your own abilities.
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