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Goliaths getting bodied. All 2019. Period.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

 

Verse of the Day: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

 

I can't help but think about David when I think about this verse. Up against a giant, Goliath. Saul tried to clothe him in his armor, but David refused. David couldn't fall back on what felt safe. He couldn't fall back on what felt practical. And he couldn't fight the giant in anyone else's armor.

 

David had to fall back on what he knew: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

very: (adv.) in a high degree

 

No matter how much you believe in God, trouble is going to frighten the human part of a sister. I love David because he was no stranger to adversity. At one point in his life, he faced being stoned to death ... and in the midst of all that anxiety, he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). With a sling and a stone, he defeated Goliath. He defeated Goliath with only what God had given him.

 

A lot of times, we get so distracted by the "trouble" happening in our lives, that we lose sight of the fact that it's the trouble that reveals what God gave you.

 

God is a very present help in trouble, the scripture says. This means ... God is closer to us in our trouble than anyone can possibly be.

 

Because something about trouble ... will cause you to stop reaching for your dysfunction. Something about trouble ... will cause you to stop reaching for your past. Something about trouble ... will cause you to stop reaching for your own understanding. Something about trouble ... will cause you to reach for what you KNOW.

 

Your trouble is an opportunity for an encounter with the Most High. I invite you to start seeing it that way. He's a very present help in trouble. Your trouble is no match for an all-powerful God. But you gotta know that, sis. David knew that. You gotta know that.

 

Pat your weave, ladies. Goliaths are getting bodied ... all 2019. Let's pray: Father, help me to trust that You don't leave me in time of trouble. Help me to sense that You are a very present help, specifically in my times of my trouble. Help me to trust You through every winding turn of every detour you orchestrate, knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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