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Then Saul clothed David with his own fighting attire and put a bronze helmet on his head. He also put body armor on him. David strapped on his sword over his fighting attire and tried to walk around, but he was not used to them. David said to Saul, “I can’t walk in these things, for I’m not used to them.” So David removed them. He took his staff in his hand, picked out five smooth stones from the stream, placed them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag, took his sling in hand, and approached the Philistine.
David approaches the situation with Goliath leaving no room for glory to go to anyone but God. David refuses the King's fighting attire, helmet, and body armor. Does God want David to look like Saul for this victory? God Himself has equipped David with everything He needs. The most important thing that David has is the Lord His God, the living God! David has courage to step out and fight because He knows His God goes before Him. No man, especially an overgrown Philistine, can face the living God and be victorious. This battle belongs to the Lord!
“O, Lord God, you have begun to show me your greatness and strength. (What god in heaven or earth can rival your works and mighty deeds?)
Lord, we praise Your mighty name, for there is none like You. We are so grateful God that You choose to reveal Yourself to us. Lord, there is none who compare, and none who can stand in Your presence. We desperately need You every day, in every situation. I pray that all we have experienced of You Lord God is only the beginning, and that You would continue to reach us where we are, and bless us! Do the amazing and miraculous in our midst Lord God! Strengthen our faith and infuse us with courage to live boldly! In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord!
Short and sweet - rely on the Lord. Do not rush to your own actions or panic when seasons of life take a turn for the worse. Seek the Lord, and wait on Him. He is good and awesome and for us. The "turns for the worse" may last a few days, or they may last many years. Whatever the hand you are dealt, know that God knows and is prepared for whatever may come. Let Him be your refuge and your rock, for He is ever faithful.
He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you see in front of you—eat this scroll—and then go and speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll. He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving to you.” So I ate it, and it was sweet like honey in my mouth.
God's revealing of Himself and His purposes are not confined by our realities. Ezekiel is told to eat a scroll, and the scroll ends up tasting like honey. Keep in mind that this is in the middle of Ezekiel's "initial" vision where God is revealing the call on His life. It's unclear how exactly this all was transpiring, but this much is true: the vision was real, the call on Ezekiel's life was real, and Ezekiel comes away from the vision with the authority to speak to Israel. Visions are just one of the many avenues that God will use to speak with and commission His people.
Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
It is statements like these that set Christ apart from being just "a prophet" or "a great teacher". "I am the light of the world" is a statement that truly defines who He is. Jesus is everything. He is Alpha (beginning), and Omega (end). All was created through Him in the beginning, and "every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." (Philippians 2:9-11 paraphrased) Lord God, help us remember that you are leading us every day. Let us find you! May the desire of our hearts be to follow you and lay hold of the promise of experiencing true life in You.