1 Samuel 17:47(NIV)
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
How you handle life depends on how big you believe God is.
If He’s too small:
· You’ll live in constant anxiety thinking everything depends on you.
· Your outlook will be dictated by your surroundings—or worse, your critics.
· Without the acceptance of a loving God, you’ll be a slave to people’s opinions.
You’ll constantly crave recognition because you don’t understand that ‘your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.’
Matthew 6:4 (NIV)
so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
· When we make the mistake of shrinking God, we ‘offer prayer without faith, work without passion, service without joy, and suffering without hope—which results in fear, retreat, loss of vision, and failure to persevere.’
When Goliath threatened the Israelites, ‘they were dismayed and greatly afraid They didn’t think God was big enough for the job. But not David! ‘Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine…
The Lord who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, will save me.’
1 Samuel 17:32, 37 (NIV)
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
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.”
You can face anything when you know what David knew—‘the battle is the Lord’s.’ And He’s never lost one yet! So, you don’t have to depend on your own resources. David may have felt small, but he knew God was big enough for the job. Do you know that?
‘If the Lord is with us, we have no cause for fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer, His grace sufficient, and His promises unchangeable.’
It all depends on how big your God is!