Oh, friends, as I sit here catching up on my reading and Bible studying after a trip detour to Baton Rouge this past week, I want to share with you a snippet of confirmation I’m getting from scripture about God’s faithfulness. When in a hard season, we need to open our ears.
He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I did not turn back.
To elaborate on my trip last week, here’s a little background. I spent about ten wonderful days with my parents (who spoiled me rotten!) while hubs was out of town. The trip started out to be a week but became longer when a dear friend (whom I know from church beginning in my early teens) invited me to go to see Micheal W. Smith at a church concert in the Baton Rouge area – only a few hours from our home town. We both have been fans for many years, so we HAD to go! 🙂He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed. (Isaiah 50:4) Click To Tweet
We had such a good time getting to know Michael “W” more personally as he shared snippets from his life. He has been friends with both Presidents Bush, father and son, sitting with them in the oval office often just to sit together in friendship and faith. He told how George W. Bush addresses Michael as “W”, since they share that distinction.
Read on, and you’ll see how one of Michael’s songs ties in with today’s topic, God’s faithfulness in making our way.
In looking at scripture below, notice it says that David “heard” Goliath.
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. (1 Samuel 17:23)
OK, backing up a bit, David went out to the ranks to greet his brothers. (Now you know who was talking to who at the beginning of this verse.) The Israelite army looked at Goliath’s giant stature. Of course, they were intimidated by his size at over nine feet tall! Verse 24 tells how the Israelite army ran away in fear.
But David did more than look. Yes, he saw Goliath’s size. The passage also says David heard Goliath taunting the army.
SIDE NOTE: Have you ever listened to a violent scene on the television from another room? You see no blood and gore. No sword nor gun. No instruments used in battle. You only hear the violent grunts from impact of sword, knife, etc. You hear the results of a bludgeoning object. It sounds awful! Somehow, being in the room with the TV and seeing the visual along with hearing it desensitizes us to the horror of the scene.
Have you ever noticed that?
Only hearing the battle seems to bring out the evil intent. You see it as the work of the enemy – our true enemy, satan.
I wonder if David’s eyes were closed, or at least, his visual focus was turned away (unlike everyone else). When listening to Goliath’s taunts, David evidently heard it as the work of the evil one at its root. Therefore, he grew stronger and more bold.
When in the battle of a tough season, do you hear satan taunting you about
how God’s Word is untrue or contradictory?
how impotent your God is?
how you don’t deserve this?
how God’s promises are hopeless?
how it’s all over for you?
how your faithful endurance is a waste of time?
how your faith is a lie?
Don’t fall for those lies! Be like David and hear it all for what it is — satan’s lies and fiery darts. Gather up God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and fight with God’s Truth. Take up His holy indignation! Slay your giant enemy (satan) in Jesus’ name. He is faithful to make your way through it!
Yes, He makes our way. He keeps His promises. He lights our way in the darkness. That is Who He is.
This brings me back to Praising God for Who He is. Add these statements to your praise time each morning. I hope to remember to add this to The 30-10 Praise Challenge next time I update or rewrite it. If you haven’t spent ten minutes each day for 30 days for this challenge, I highly recommend it. This process transformed my life.As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. (1 Samuel 17:23) Click To Tweet
I have to admit, y’all. There are more things God is doing lately to transform me. I hope you can say the same! His word is active in our lives as we read and spend time with the Lord daily. Life gets busy, I know, but He always makes time for our to-do list after we clear some time with Him in our calendar each day. He’s amazing that way!
Are your ears open?
Because He lives~