There went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, Goliath was his name, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span (About 9 feet 9 inches, or 3 meters). He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail. Now the weight of the bronze coat was five thousand shekels....
He stood and called out to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am not I the Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose for yourselves a man and let him come down to me.
1 Samuel 17:4-5, 8-9
What is the most terrifying thing in your life? For some people could be a mid-term exam, health condition, relationship or a fear to something. We all go through very similar situations.
The root name of Goliath is "Gahl" which means captivity. How many of us have felt captives of our fears? We struggle and let those fears conquered our life and little by little drain us until we feel anxiety, depression, etc. Then we start carrying a heavy yoke. Something that trenches us. Thankfully we have a great promise from our Savior. Jesus tells us to come to him all those heavy lading. His yoke is easy.
Don't avoid the giant in your life. Face it, but not alone. Samuel provided David with an armor (1Sam), but God is giving you three divine things: 1) An armor; 2) Intervention 3)Eternal promises. Lets hold on to them and cross the Red Sea of our lives.
I am weary from groaning; with my tears I dampen my pillow and drench my bed every night.
I really relate to this psalm. There was a time in my life that I was in a depression, weary by some circumstances, barely able to sleep, gained weight, anxiety, and many other things that were draining my life. The worst part is that sometimes we feel that God is not near us or He has forgotten us.
David, the psalmist, cries out to God with honesty and says: "Have compassion for me," he turns his feelings to God. Then with great faith, he says: "The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping." He knew that the Almighty would take care of him.
In the science world, there is a concept known as neuroplasticity. This basically means that our brain can re-wire itself and adapt based on positive influence based on emotions and thoughts. This been clinically proven. What an excellent opportunity to let the Holy Spirit do his work and fill us with his warm presence.
As believers, we need to understand we are not immune to hardship. If we develop and mimic a relationship like the one David had with God, we should be able to pour our feelings and concerns to God. He knows your concerns, what's best for you and the best of all, He is a full of mercy!
"There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless - a man of complete integrity . He feared God and stayed away from evil."
I don't know how many of you heard the story of Job in the bible. Before moving forward with this devotional, it is important to understand that Job's name in Hebrew means "patience." Well, that is something that he really needed to overcome so many obstacles in his life. Job was a wealthy man with a perfect character who loved God. According to Job 1:12, Job was not punished, but tested. God allowed Satan to destroy his possessions, health, and even his children. Something very admirable from Job is that despite all the hardship he went through, he never gave up on God, even though he couldn't understand what was going on.
Job's personality is defined in Hebrew as תָּם־ (tam) meaning "complete" or "perfect." As a person, have you ever asked yourself why is it that when you do things right, everything goes wrong? I think that we have felt this way at least once in our life. Job and his friends questioned this several times; why is he being punished if he was a righteous man?
Hebrew and traditional Judaism teaches that the right approach to challenges is to ask "what?" instead of "why." For example: What can I do to be a better human being? What does God want from me now? What can I do to overcome this challenge? These questions are very inspirational. Asking "why?" can bring self-pity. If we ask "what?", it will help us to move on or face them.
When we face any obstacles, let's put our faith in God with perseverance. We need to look at obstacles as challenges, making us to do the maximum to overcome them.