1 Samuel 19:8-12 (10) – Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear. But the spear struck the wall and David eluded him, ran away, and escaped that night. (BSB)
To be brave is to have or show mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty. In our Bible reading, David was a brave man because he escaped the wrath of Saul, having also confronted Goliath. Esther was also courageous to approach the king for the salvation of the Jews, which was against the law (Esther 4:14-16). Similarly, Daniel 3 gives an account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were men enough to withstand their trials, and God was with them.
Every problem encountered in life boosts our courage and faith in God. Horatio Gates Spafford lost his 4-year-old son, after which his businesses were destroyed in the 1871 Chicago fire. On November 22, 1873, he again lost all four daughters in a ship disaster. These incidents could have destabilised Mr and Mrs Spafford, but they believed it was God’s purpose for their lives. While travelling through the spot where they lost their children, Mr Spafford wrote the evergreen hymn, “It is well with my Soul”, and this song has blessed many generations. The couple further engaged in philanthropic work and extended the gospel to the Middle East before their deaths.
Beloved, what difficulties are you facing? If there is any, give glory to God because you are becoming stronger. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man isn’t where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge.” If David hadn’t risen to Goliath, the Philistines would have conquered the land (1 Samuel 17). We must learn from David’s bravery and the experience of Esther, the three Hebrew men, and the Spaffords who stood for God in the face of uncertainty. My prayer is that the Lord will uphold you and open your eyes to the brighter side of your situation in Jesus’ name.
Hymn: My Faith Looks Up to Thee — Ray Palmer (1830)
1. Father, please avert every storm and tragedy on my path to fulfilling Your purpose.
2. Father, all I need to be a man of valour for You, at home and in society. Please release them to me!
1. Father, help me win the battle of the mind and constantly please You.
2. Every prince of Persia, power or mouth, saying ‘No’ to what God has said ‘Yes’ to in my life, shut up!
3. Any power that stays awake in the night to harm me die by the thunder fire of God.
4. Father, please revive my faith and give me the courage to defeat my problems.
5. My life, family, nation, and the Church, be set apart for genuine worship and holiness.
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