“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
– 1 Samuel 17:37 NIV
My second oldest niece recently honored me for being a source of encouragement for her as she transitions through life as a young adult. The privilege of watching my niece grow up in her faith walk with Christ and the struggle of applying what she believes in following God was as much a life lesson for me as it was for her. Demonstrating patience in advising others is as challenging as demonstrating patient endurance in the face of adversity. Learning how to give wise counsel without telling someone what to do requires wisdom, patience and guidance as the one who is seeking it. The process has been rewarding for the both of us and I am grateful to God for His work in our lives to help us grow in the grace and truth of Christ.
David’s life reinforces to me the value of declaring what you believe and recalling past moments in your faith walk where God reveals, manifests and makes Himself known to reassure and instill confidence that He will do it again. Recalling his past victories in previous circumstances, David concludes that the result of his current challenge will be the same as in the past. In essence, David is saying, ‘The same God who preserved my life and protected me in the past against adverse circumstances, is the same God who will give me victory in my current circumstances!’ David declares his deliverance before even confronting Goliath. As David models for us, God is looking to see if we will live by the same authority in His name and the anointing power of His Spirit to live victoriously so He can live within us to experience Him as David did. “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” – Psalm 34:19 NIV
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV God is ready and willing to act to demonstrate His power and reveal His glory in our circumstances. He is looking throughout the earth for the invitation to step into our lives and use us for the display of His splendor. Faith invites God to manifest, reveal and make Himself known to us and use us, as He did David, so we can walk by faith and live victoriously!
May God bless you and help you to declare His promises to walk by faith and live victoriously so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.