Listen to God’s Truth

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Thinking about David again this morning …

Many of us are familiar with his encounter with the Philistine giant, Goliath. We remember the Israelite army quaking and shaking; fleeing from battle as Goliath mocked the Living Sovereign God. We remember David stepping up and stepping out to face the nine-foot, nine-inch man the others ran from.

We remember the Israelites allowed their fear to shut their eyes and ears to God’s truth of who HE is, while David allowed his faith to open his eyes and ears to God’s truth of who HE is.

As I re-read this story I saw the Israelites looked at the giant and found their strength lacking. David looked at God and found more than enough strength to conquer the one who towered over him.

The Israelite army heard Goliath’s voice thunder across the valley, were afraid, and shrunk back from the battle before them. David heard God’s voice in reply and courageously ran to meet the challenge.

Our battles may not be of gigantic proportions like David’s, but then again, they might be.

We know Satan is alive and well, taunting God’s people day and night. Just like Goliath. He mocks the Living God. Inflicting pain and hurt wherever he can. Sometimes we see the nine-foot, nine-inch giant and head for the hills. Sometimes we see God’s hand in ours and head into the fight in his power and strength.

Sometimes we listen to the devil’s convincing voice and doubt God’s presence. Or his love. Sometimes we turn our ears to the Lord and his peace fills us in the midst of the chaos that surrounds us.

As with David and the Israelites, the choice is ours. We can believe the devil’s lies and half-truths, or we can believe God’s truth that he is with us, empowering us to fight every battle we face large and small.

We trust in the name of the Lord our God. Amen?

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David answered, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head. And I will give the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds and animals to eat. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a God,  and everyone here will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Playground Lies

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever replied to someone’s unkind words with, “I know you are, but what am I?” As a child, I know I sure did. The other person’s words were spoken out of spitefulness, and their intent was to hurt us. Most times those words did hurt, despite the phrase about sticks and stones and broken bones.

As adults, we may face the same cruelness from others, yet it’s disguised. Not so blatant. Or maybe it is. Each situation is different but the desire to inflict pain, cause us to doubt our worth, or question our abilities is nonetheless the same.

One thing I’m learning is we don’t have to prove ourselves to anyone. God’s opinion of us is the only one that counts. The only one that matters. And God calls us his beloved.

God knows us by name. In fact, Isaiah 49:16 says God has engraved our names on the palms of his hands. He knows every tear we’ve ever cried. He knows all about us, good and bad, and loves us anyway. Nothing reaches us that he hasn’t either permitted or planned.

When Satan starts telling us lies, we need to shut him out and listen to what God tells us instead.

God will never leave or forsake us. He loves us. He has a plan for us to prosper and to give us hope. He has a job he wants us to do for him that no one else can accomplish.

God sent his son, Jesus, into this world to die for us. To take the punishment we deserved upon himself and nail it to the cross. Our resurrected Savior is preparing a place in Heaven right now, so those who claim him as their LORD can live with him forever.

So when the lies and taunts start to fly around us, we should remember God’s truth and ask the Holy Spirit to plug up our ears against those lies. We need to tell the Great Deceiver, “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!” and move on.

Agreed?

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But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 1 John 4:4 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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