The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, May 28, 2022 comes to us from Joseph Tosin of Lagos, Nigeria.
24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear. 25 Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel." 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?" 27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him." 28 When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle." 29 "Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?" 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." 33 Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth." 34 But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 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 the Lord be with you." 1 Samuel 17:24-37 NIV
When David saw Goliath, he felt called to fight for the honor of God and God’s people. But King Saul doubted him, and David watched as all of the other Israelites ran away in fear. These things could have discouraged young David or caused him to be afraid. But he fully trusted in the power of the Almighty and refused to let anything deter him from fighting Goliath.
We each have our own Goliath. It could be job loss, poor grades, an unhealthy relationship, a bad boss, or a pandemic. These struggles can seem insurmountable. They can cause panic and fear. But we can always have hope because God is with us, and, like David, we can beat Goliath.
When I resigned from my job in 2015, I did not have a plan, and new jobs were hard to find. But I remembered David’s example, and I told myself that God would help me too. In time I got a better job. As the people of God, we can rise above any setback. We are not overcome by our challenges. No matter what we face, we can feel capable with the Almighty by our side.
Each of us has faced many struggles, many of them feeling insurmountable. Employment challenges and job searches can indeed cause significant stress because they are not only our livelihoods, but they also involve our personal identities and daily experiences.
Joseph Tosin reminds us that trusting in God, even in the most difficult circumstances, will help us find strength for whatever journey confronts us. God’s gracious presence is always with each and all of us, no matter what is going on in our lives.
I invite you to consider your own life struggles which have been helped by trusting in God’s loving presence.
Almighty God, just as you helped David, help us to rise above the challenges set before us. Amen.
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Thought for the Day:
I will not be intimidated by any situation because God is by my side.