1 Samuel 17
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
What a difference perspective can make. Most of the onlookers saw only a giant, David, however saw a mortal man defying God. I bet he was thinking Goliath was a target too big to miss. He knew he would not be alone when he faced Goliath. God would fight with him. He looked at his situation from God’s point of view. Who or what are the “giants” in your life? Viewing these impossible situations from Gods point of view helps us put giant problems in perspective. Once we see clearly, we can fight more effectively
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
The knowledge of the scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future. The more we know about what the Lord has done in years past, the greater the confidence we have about what he will do in the days ahead. We should read our Bibles diligently to increase our trust that God’s will is the best for us.
7 The Lord has rejected his altar and abandoned his sanctuary. He has given the walls of her palaces into the hands of the enemy; they have raised a shout in the house of the Lord as on the day of an appointed festival.
Our place of worship is not as important to God as our priorities in worship. A church building may be beautiful, but if it’s people don’t sincerely follow God, the church will decay from within. The people of Judah, despite their stunning temple, had rejected in their daily lives what they proclaimed in their worship rituals. Thus their worship had turned into a mocking lie. When you worship, are you saying words you do not mean? Do you pray for help you don’t really believe will come? Do you express love for God you don’t really have? Earnestly seek God and catch a fresh vision of his love and care. Then worship him wholeheartedly.
4 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
All Gods words are just and true- they can be trusted. The bible is reliable because, unlike people, God does not lie, forget, change his words or leave his promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Bible because it contains the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God.