An Insignificant Act of Obedience
The story of David and Goliath is probably one Bible story we are most familiar with. It's the story of good vs. evil; the little guy defeating the 'big' guy and Israel triumphing over its enemy. It's the story of all of us and those battles we face that seem as if they are going to overcome us and defeat us. Yet, with God on our side, there is no giant too great, too big, or too strong to defeat the God that is in us. But what was it that set David up for such a challenge? What lessons do we draw from this childhood story that are applicable for today?
David was a young man who was overlooked by his father and family. A young man who was more comfortable in the desert than the house. He loved to be outside and play his harp and sing to the Lord. He was an obedient son who through one act of obedience unleashed an entire destiny change for his life. It was through serving that God opened a door for David to change the course of a whole civilization. Imagine what one simple act of obedience in our life can do when we heed the voice of God and obey in spite of obstacles.
At this time it feels like America is facing several giants as well. Political unrest, racial concerns, financial uncertainty, Covid issues, mental issues, depression, and the like are plaguing our society right now. It feels overwhelming and exhausting. If you're frustrated, fed up, and discouraged about some things that happened this year, believe me, you are not alone. This is a time for the church to come together and pray, seek the face of God, and call out for a move of God's Holy Spirit unlike ever before. Though we may do it in different ways than we ever have, it's not a time to give up. It's a time to go up to the mountain of the Lord and petition on behalf of our nation, our church, and our families.
I'm asking you to join me in prayer starting next Tuesday on our church Facebook page for 30 minutes of live prayer. I'll be sharing a short exhortation to encourage the body and we'll take time to pray and receive prayer requests. Just log on and we'll be live from 7:00 - 7:30 pm (at least). Let's see what God can do when His people come together to pray.
This next week on our Facebook live, I'll be sharing a challenging conviction God laid on my heart that may be difficult for some to receive, but I know that I've heard from God. I want to be obedient to Him. I desire to please God in this season and not merely man. I desire to see a move of the Holy Spirit in our midst like never before, and I desire to remove any and all distractions to see that come to fruition.
Keep walking in obedience and watch what God can do for you that you simply could not do for yourself. What seems like a dead-end may very well be a new open door.
Reminder: Church Facebook Live Prayer Time
Starting Tues Nov. 24th. Pastor John will be leading a live Facebook prayer time. Any and all are welcome to join. Send in prayer requests to the SJC office email, or type it in the comments during the live session, 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Hope to see you there.