David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.—1 Sam 17:37 (KJV)
Recently, I was speaking with someone who, like many people today, is experiencing some tough times in their financial lives. While we spoke I was reminded of the scripture above and how easy it is to forget the last time we faced what seemed to be insurmountable odds. Because I know him personally, I tried to remind him that God has brought him through tough times before.
Have you ever thought you were at the end of your rope and somehow you made it through? How about on more than one occasion? Have you ever been between the proverbial “rock and a hard place?” I’m speaking about having bills to pay and no money to pay them; or facing a report from the doctor that have them shaking their head.
It is these types of situations that make you forget anything that is good in your life. But it is these very circumstances that should remind you that all is not lost because you have faced tough times before and survived. Someone once said: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” I do not disagree but I do want to state that in the Kingdom of God, it is not just “toughness” that matters but “trustness” that do. I know that word probably didn’t exist before now but I’m trying to make a point…God is there, regardless of the circumstances, to see you through!
David faced an enemy that was big and powerful, but he looked back over his life and saw the delivering power of an Almighty, unfailing God. His tough times included facing lions and bears but each time God was with him and saw him through to victory. Do not measure yourself or your resources against your circumstance. Rather, measure your circumstances against your God Who cannot fail!
In your past, no doubt, you may have faced things that are tougher than what you are facing now—maybe not—but be assured of this one thing…if you made it through that difficulty, you will make it through this one. This will, one day, be another victory you can look back on and gain encouragement for the future. Don’t quit and don’t ever give up because nothing is impossible if you only believe!
As I reflect upon the conversation with my friend, I could hear encouragement rising up in him and what started out as a depressing encounter turned into time of remembrance of past victories.
David remembered how God had brought him through in the past and used that for encouragement and a faith-builder to face the giant; and you know what happened to him! So my friends, when facing your giants, recall a previous victory and run to the battle.
CONFESS THIS: My God has brought me through other things and He will bring me through this!Have Faith1st ©2012 Faith1st Ministries
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