Daily Devotional 9-4-19

Point of Reference
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful
 
“But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.’” 1 Samuel 17:34-36
 
The story of David and Goliath is one of the popular stories in the history of our faith. It is popular because of the unlikely outcome of a battle that was not supposed to be. A youth taking down a giant in one-on-one combat seemed impossible, but the impossible happened because God was in the equation. When God is involved in the affairs of our lives the impossible happens; we scale the walls of Jericho and walk on dry ground in the middle of the red seas in our lives.
 
The above text reveals the basis for David’s faith to take down the giant, Goliath. David was a shepherd boy who spent most of his day with sheep in the wilderness. That was his unpaid job.  As with every job, he encountered some occupational hazards. Lions and bears would occasionally attack the vulnerable sheep who could not fight back. During these attacks, David would run after the predator and kill them, delivering the poor sheep. These deadly experiences became points of reference in David’s life, reminding him of the protective grace of God to keep what has been entrusted to him. They built and sustained David’s faith in God. They reminded him of the closeness of God to him. David was able to face future challenges because of those points of reference.
 
You’ve had many experiences in life that point to the amazing grace of God, and I believe you can cite many points of reference in your life where was God came through for you. Do not throw them away. They are not happenstances. Hold onto them, but most importantly, let them remind you of the God who worked his purposes through them. Remind yourself of the past and let it catapult you into your future.
 
PRAYER: When I become weak in my faith, help me to remember, Holy Spirit, the many ways you have been with me in the past.