Living by Faith

IMG_49482 Cor. 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will succeed.

**We are to live by what God says, and believe his word entirely.  When we don’t understand something we should take it to him in prayer.  Sometimes  what is being seen by our eyes can be misunderstood.  If you live by faith, then God will open your eyes and help you understand what you are seeing or experiencing from his point of view.

Read  the story of David and Goliath: 1 Samuel 17.  Pay careful attention to  the verses telling of David’s conversation with Goliath, and his conversation with Saul before meeting Goliath.

1Sam. 17:33-37 (Saul and David), and 1Sam. 17: 42-51 (Goliath and David).  Remember that Goliath was about 9’9″ tall, and that David was probably around 5-6 feet tall.  Though there is some evidence that he was similar in size to King Saul as Saul tried to lend him his own armor.  Also one of David’s brothers was noted to be quite tall, with the same parentage it is quite probably that David was a tall young man also, though we are not told for sure.  We are told that David becomes a “mighty man”.  Saul also tried to dissuade David from going up against Goliath because of his lack of fighting experience based on his youth.  David’s told Saul that he wouldn’t be able to walk in it as he wasn’t used to it.  We do know that by the time David decided to accept Goliath’s challenge he had already killed both bear and lion while watching his father’s flocks, and he gave God the credit for his ability to do that also. 

Upon meeting with Goliath we find that David boldly tells Goliath that he cannot go against the armies of God and get away with it.  That he would be killing him and cutting off his head so that the “world may know” that his God is mighty and God of the world.  David succeeded against the giant Goliath because his motives were to show the world God’s power.  He was showing the world that God was God so that more people would believe in God and give their lives over to the one true God.  God’s ultimate goal is to bring humanity back to him, and that has not changed from the before the time of David until now.  David stepped forward to live his faith, and to demonstrate to the world that he trusted that God was with him in all that he did…even when the obstacle was overwhelming to look upon.  Even when the obstacle in front of him seemed impossible to overcome.  If David lived strictly by looking at what was in front of him then he would never have gone up against Goliath, but since he lived by faith he succeeded.

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