Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Monday, May 25, 2009

Hoping for Tomorrow While Facing Your Today!

1 Samuel 17: 45-47 "David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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."

Do you have big plans for the future? Maybe you're a child or adolescent and you dream about what you will be when you grow up. Maybe you are teen at or near graduation and you are thinking about education or work beyond high school. Maybe you're an adult and you're planning to start a family, changing your career, or saving for retirement. All of us try to look as far up the road as we can and have great hopes for the future. But to get to tomorrow, we've got to make it through TODAY.

When David was but a boy, the prophet Samuel anointed him to be the next king of Israel. This young, rosy cheeked shepherd boy was to become the great king of God's chosen people. But between the time he was anointed, and the time he was appointed, he had a great hurdle to overcome. That hurdle was over 9 feet tall and went by the name Goliath. On that morning in the Valley of Elah, David's future wasn't as much a concern to him as was what he faced
that day.

Someone reading this blog right now is having a hard time hoping for your tomorrow because you can't see past what you are facing today. Though your giant may go by a different name, I'm sure its just as big, and just as determined to defeat you. Maybe its your health, your finances, your marriage, bullies at school, an addiction, or the loss of a loved one. This giant is staring down at you, and you don't think you are going to make it through today.

Of course you know that David did make it past his giant to reach his tomorrow. But how? Well, he did two things. First, he reminded himself of how God had helped him to overcome his giants in the past. David remembered when God helped him defeat a lion and a bear. Just think back for a moment of times past when you faced other situations and how God, through His power and mercy, delivered you then. Guess what!? He'll do it again!

Secondly, David was not afraid because he knew that it was God's fight and not his. He boldly proclaimed to his enemy, "
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." Though God has brought you to this fight, and He will bring you through this fight, you should know...it is really not your fight. You are His vessel, His instrument by which He will bring Himself glory.

So count yourself blessed that God has given you front row seats, and prepare to watch Him show up and show out. Just remember that God is in control, He is mighty in battle and though you can't see it right now because of the giant you are facing, He will bring you to victory. So you can keep on Hoping for Tomorrow, While Facing Your Today!


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