Lacking Confidence

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” Then David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 HCSB

We have all heard personal accounts and tales from others and have wondered if they were really telling the truth. Their stories seemed impossible and unbelievable. The story of David killing lions and bears with his bare hands must have seemed like a fantasy story to Saul. How could a young boy kill a lion and a bear? Obviously, God gave David supernatural power, strength, and ability to be able to accomplish such a great feat.

Since David had previously experienced the protection and power of God, he was confident that God could and would protect him from the Philistine giant, Goliath. The size of Goliath did not concern David because he knew that his God was bigger and more powerful than any giant. He had confidence that God would provide the same power and ability to deliver him from the hand of Goliath.

Challenge: Do you have confidence in God? Why do people lack confidence in God? You will have more confidence as you remember how God has previously worked in your life. Keep a diary of your prayer requests and record when and how God answered each request. Periodically look back at your diary to see how God is working in your life. You can have confidence in God and what He says in His Word.

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