‘The battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.’ 1 Samuel 17:47 NIV
How you handle life depends on how big you believe God is. If He’s too small:
(1) You’ll live in constant anxiety thinking everything depends on you.
(2) Your outlook will be dictated by your surroundings—or worse, your critics.
(3) Without the acceptance of a loving God you’ll be a slave to people’s opinions.
(4) You’ll constantly crave recognition because you don’t understand that ‘your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.’ (Matthew 6:4 NASB)
John Ortberg says that when we make the mistake of shrinking God, we ‘offer prayer without faith, work without passion, service without joy, and suffering without hope—which results in fear, retreat, loss of vision, and failure to persevere.’
When Goliath threatened the Israelites, ‘they were dismayed and greatly afraid.’ (1 Samuel 17:11 NRS) They didn’t think God was big enough for the job. But not David! ‘Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine… The Lord who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, will save me.’ (1 Samuel 17:32, 37 NRS)
You can face anything when you know what David knew—‘the battle is the Lord’s.’ And He’s never lost one yet! So you don’t have to depend on your own resources. David may have felt small, but he knew God was big enough for the job. Do you know that?
Converted slave-trader John Newton said, ‘If the Lord be with us we have no cause for fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer, His grace sufficient, and His promises unchangeable.’ It all depends on how big your God is!
SoulFood: Jer 1–3, Mark 14:66–72, Ps 144:1–8, Pro 14:1–4
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023