Overcoming the Obstacles

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Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:09

Week of March 16, 2015

Pastor’s Blog

1 Samuel 17:26

26. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, “What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?”

Overcoming the Obstacles

The giant Goliath stood in the valley and taunted the army of Israel. He stood alone … between Israel and victory and shouted profanities and blasphemous taunts at Israel and their God, while the entire army stood there listening… paralyzed with fear. Not one soldier would volunteer to go out to meet Goliath. Not one warrior could muster up enough courage to trust in the God he served and face the giant Goliath.

Then David came along to bring supplies to the army. While he was there, Goliath came out as usual and challenged Israel. When David saw and heard him he asked a very good question. David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?”

Now everybody at the scene saw the same things. They all saw the size of Goliath. They all saw his weapons of warfare. They all heard the same profanities. But David’s perspective was different from those around him. King Saul and the army saw Goliath as their enemy. David saw Goliath as somebody coming against God.

Now we all face giants in our life from time to time. We all face things that seem too big for us to handle. Many times the enormity of the obstacle paralyzes us and just like the Israelites in that valley, we stand looking at the problem, lacking the courage to move forward.

If you and I would overcome the obstacles blocking our way, we must develop an attitude like David. We have to look at everything, even obstacles and adversity from a heavenly perspective. In other words, since we are the Children of The Living God, anything that comes against us must first come through Him! The Apostle Paul told us that “If God be for us, who can be against us?”(Rom. 8:31)

There are challenges ahead for us all but we should never make the mistake of measuring out potential to succeed by our own abilities. If we do, we would become insecure and discouraged as soon as obstacles appear. The God that we serve is glorified in our availability not our ability. He never expects us to work out the details of how everything is going to come together. He just wants us to show up and do what we believe He wants us to do and to trust Him to fill in the blanks.

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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