|Don’t Forget Who You Serve!
By Greg Sanders
1 Samuel 17:8 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me!
Goliath had to be a scary guy. He would make a lot of NBA players seem short and scrawny. He was no doubt legendary in his strength and accomplishments as a soldier. His stature was not the thing that marginalized the people of God most; it was Goliath’s accusation that their only hope was Saul. Saul, who himself was the fiercest soldier of Israel was retreated to his tent, intimidated by the enemy. Leadership of this caliber does not exactly infuse confidence and action into the hearts of the army. However, one boy showed up with a different attitude. David did not consider this to be Saul’s army but rather the army of God.
The greatest skill set that David brought to the table was the fact that he remembered who He served. In your daily journey, the enemy does his best to convince you that you are a lone ranger on equipped with the power that you can produce. However, as a child of God, you are so much more than what the enemy declares. You are a child of the King equipped with His power. Realize and refuse the mindset that comes from believing you are on your own.
If you forget who you serve you will believe that your ability is limited to your own power. The army of God was paralyzed by fear because they were convinced that the responsibility was on them alone. God may ask you to stand alone, but you will never truly be alone when you follow Him.
If you forget who you serve, the enemy will intimidate you. The enemy knows the only hope of your defeat is to separate you from the source of your strength. The devil hopes that his intimidation will cause you to shrink back from doing what God has given you the power to accomplish.
If you forget who you serve, you will allow your short term problems blind you to God’s long-term promises. David had the men of the army rehearse the promises that would be given to the man who killed Goliath. They were some great promises! Too often we let our temporary issue blind us to the eternal hope we have in God. Don’t fall for his trick!
Today’s Challenge: Keep the ability of God before you. Allow His ability to give you the confidence to follow Him and accomplish what He speaks to your heart to achieve.