God is My Strength
(David, part four)
What's that moving over there in the shadows? Is it, could it be, it is . . . a bear! And he has one of the lambs! Later David told the story to King Saul:
"Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine [Goliath] shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee" (1 Samuel 17:34-37).
Now Goliath was a big man, a giant, nearly ten feet tall, no match at all for a young teenager like David. Nonetheless, God has his man ready for the task. God had prepared David in private for this public showing. God had given David private victories, little victories, to ready him for this great public victory. That is the way with God and that is the manner of the Christian life. God will not put upon us more than we can handle. "God never asks anyone at any time, under any circumstances to be or to do anything for Him without at that moment placing at his disposal ample and adequate ability both to be and to do that thing for His glory."
God trains us with small problems to make us able to handle bigger things. Had David failed with the lion and the bear, he could have never defeated Goliath. The secret to David's magnificent success was his unfailing trust in the Lord His God. "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" said David in Psalm 27:1. God said to the apostle Paul "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9a).
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