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The Upper Room Devotion for Wednesday, May 24, 2023, was written by Geo Pickell of North Dakota.



41 As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. 42 He took one look down on him and sneered - a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed. 43 The Philistine ridiculed David. "Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?" And he cursed him by his gods. 44 "Come on," said the Philistine. "I'll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I'll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice." 45 David answered, "You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel's troops, whom you curse and mock. 46 This very day God is handing you over to me. I'm about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there's an extraordinary God in Israel. 47 And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn't save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God - he's handing you to us on a platter!" 48 That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. 49 David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt. 50 That's how David beat the Philistine - with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!

1 Samuel 17:41-50 MSG



When I meet new people, they are rarely impressed when I tell them that I work as a cleaning lady in a nursing home. Evidently, making beds and mopping floors doesn’t sound like an exciting mission field for Christ. Nevertheless, manual labor is what God has called me to do. Over the years I have come to understand three important things: my workplace is filled with lonely people, lonely people love talking to the janitor, and proclaiming the power of Christ does not require an elevated platform.

In 1 Samuel, we learn that David’s job wasn’t prestigious, he was young, and inexperienced, Goliath had nothing but disdain for him. However, once on the battlefield, the young man who loved his lambs was able to knock out the giant with a single, well-aimed stone. David’s story teaches us that no matter who we are or what we do, we should not disregard the importance of God’s calling for us.



Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to serve you. When we feel timid, help us feel your hand guiding us, empowering us to battle giants and succeed in your purposes. Fill us with your Spirit, and enable us to bring glory to you. Amen. - Geo Pickell


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