Practising faith

‘David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”’ 1 Samuel 17.45

The story of David and Goliath is loved and cherished by everyone; the ultimate story of the ‘little man’ defeating the ‘big man’.  Actually it is an account of faith in action, a story of someone putting into practice what they actually believe.

We can all say that God is more powerful than our enemies, or greater than the things that stand against us, but when David was confronted by a warrior champion in whose presence the courage of others melted away, he actually believed it.  He knew that the name of God – God’s very presence – was more powerful than anything that could stand against him.  If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have risked his life by stepping out of the crowd.

So how did David reach this position?  He says himself that he had practised.  When the King questioned him about whether he was really up to the job, David explained that he had already seen God do amazing things so had no doubt that God could do this too.

Our challenge is to practise our faith.  One place to start is having faith in God’s love for us.  It is so easy to believe that we are abandoned or alone when things go wrong, or when our feelings just aren’t there.  This is the place of faith; to hold on to what the Bible teaches so clearly – God loves us and will never let us down.

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