1 Samuel 17:1-54

1 Samuel 17:1-54

Vintage message from September 20, 1998. (The original message was cut off at the end.)

In my life, there have been many times that I have been faced with great challenges. And you know what? God has overwhelmed me with story after story and example after example of His great provision, of His great strength, of what He can accomplish in and through me, but all of a sudden this thing comes out of no where that is intimidating to me, and it scares the pants off of me! I can’t deal with it! …I think we all should ask ourself, when we meet these challenges head on, why are we afraid of what we’re facing? Why don’t we do something about it? Why do we sit down and cower when we have the examples and the stories within our history, within our life, that say that, in fact, God will provide. God will take care of us…

God has given us little things to be responsible for, and even though there may be greater things for us out there to do, we can’t abandon those little responsibilities as insignificant. If we abandon the little responsibilities, we abandon all character within ourself. Anything that God would try to do within us is null and void because we show ourselves to be of poor character because we don’t take care of the responsibility first and foremost that He’s given us, no matter how small that responsibility might be…

How many times have we been praying, “God, use me in some way. God, do something with me,” and we step out, and we know the greatness and the power of God, but yet one person or one circumstance, one situation stands in our way, and we run and cower from it. We do not see how the battle can be won because of one minor circumstance. Goliath was a minor circumstance standing in the way…

If you want to be effective in ministry, if you want to be effective in what God has called you to do, look at where He’s called you from. Be the person that God wants you to be. Look at the responsibility that God has given you and don’t try to step beyond that responsibility. Don’t try to become great. Be who you are, and God will use you in mighty ways…

This is how we perceive life oftentimes. We look out at the world around us. We see these great and mighty things of the world that God has asked us to conquer [and] to overcome. We look at ourselves, we see this insignificant shepherd, and we say, “No way!” But David, who spent the time with God already, had seen the power of God in his own life, had seen the provision of God in his own life, stepped out to prove to the Philistines, to prove to Goliath, and to prove to all Israel that there is a God. When is the last time that you got out of bed in the morning, put your clothes on, and stepped out your front door simply and only to prove that today, no matter what comes my way, no matter what happens in my life, today I will prove that there’s a God in heaven by how I live my life. Today I will prove that there’s a God in heaven by what I say, by what I do, by how I live. I don’t care how many Philistines are out there. I don’t care how many giants are standing amongst them. Today I will prove that there is a God in heaven, and that God in heaven loves me. Good way to start your day. All of us have great challenges that we have to overcome. But you know what? We’re not going to overcome them in our own strength.

Pastor Dave Elkins