As I read my Bible this week, I came across a verse that showed me how I should deal with pesky problems in my life. David’s life always evokes a spectrum of emotions in me. And, as always, I find something “new” every time I read about it.
This time the verse that stood out was
“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” 1 Samuel 17:48 (NIV1984, emphasis added)
David ran toward the battle line . . . toward Goliath? I run too, but in the opposite direction. I don’t meet my problems head-on. In fact, I have spent the entire day fighting anxiety to the point that I made myself physically ill. One problem after another popped up to compound it.
But then I remembered another verse earlier in the chapter. I think it’s the key to David’s ability to run confidently into the battle.
“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.” 1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV1984, emphasis added)
The assurance that he could defeat Goliath didn’t come from David’s confidence in himself. It came from his faith in God, who had delivered him from big, frightening annoyances much like this giant he faced. David remembered what God had done for him in the past, and then he trusted God with his future.
So, the same God who
- had someone deliver a case of diapers (in the perfect size) during nap time when BookGirl was a baby
- moved someone to give us just enough money to get gas for that trip to Children’s for Princess
- took care of BookGirl when she was a very sick three-year-old with a 106.3 degree fever
- has seen Princess through three sinus surgeries, multiple procedures under anesthesia, and more illnesses than I can count
- has never failed to provide a roof over our heads and food on our table, including the time that DH was unemployed and wasn’t eligible for unemployment (Yeah, scary!)
- has enabled me to care for the girls when I was sick for weeks on end
- has sent wonderful friends into my life to pray for me, support me, and love me
- has blessed me beyond measure with my husband and two children
is the same God who will see us through every problem we’re up against today.
The LORD who delivered us from every so-called impossible situation we’ve ever found ourselves in will deliver us this time too. He is faithful.
Just before I started typing this post, I got on my face in the kitchen floor (hey, wherever you are, right?) and asked God to forgive me. I have spent the entire day tormented by fear and anxiety because I kept reminding God how big my circumstances are instead of reminding the giants how big my God is.
“. . . the battle is the LORD’s . . .” 1 Samuel 17:47 (NIV1984)
I’m going to let Him fight it.
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