“He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.”
(1 Samuel 17:40).
The answer to your prayer is not going to be found somewhere out there. It could be right before your eyes; because often God works through what we already have …..
If you’re dealing with a Goliayh, be it a medical problem, for instance, and you’ve been told the best doctor for your particular health condition is five states away; but you can’t get there; don’t worry as if you’re cut off from receiving the best possible care. Simply not true because wherever you’re located, desperately hoping and praying for a miracle, God needs only what you have. Right there ….
This principle is on display all throughout the Bible:
. . The widow in (2 Kings 4) who was down to her last jar of cooking oil needed only to go borrow some vessels from nearby neighbors in order to experience God’s supply …
. . The caterers in Cana who ran out of wine before they ran out of wedding guests needed only their own containers and some water for Jesus to perform a miracle ….
. . The disciples who saw no plausible way to feed over 5,000 people needed only the five loaves and two fish from a boy’s lunch they found among the crowd ….
. . And, as (1 Samuel 17:40) says, David only needed his trusty slingshot and five smooth stones from a local stream in order to bring down the Philistine giant, Goliath. He already knew how to use these things. And he didn’t need to go far to locate them ….
God doesn’t need any more than what you already have to perform His miraculous work. So as you face whatever difficulty you’re currently dealing with; whether you need a miracle in your soul, in your marriage, with one of your children, or due to a professional or ministry setback: look first to Him, not at what you don’t have.
In the meantime, God will do what only God CAN DO to ensure He gets the glory that ONLY He deserves ….
Stop looking everywhere else and get ready to see what God WILL do with what you already have, when you choose to obey Him …..
In summary; ponder this: what is one panic-driven solution you’ve been pursuing that the Lord might have you surrender to Him today? What does this insight into the ways of God reveal to You about His nature? His capability? His love toward you as His child? What can you change or do differently that will cause your life to line up with His Word? What Goliath is threatening your peace, your sanity even today??
Let us begin today by encouraging another struggling soul. I challenge you to tell someone about Jesus and walk in all peace, integrity, joy, and love today. Choose that stone that will defeat all; the cornerstone of all truth, and stand upon that rock. Be firmly planted, solid and immovable …..
Let us pray ~
Father, thank You for being so near. Thank You for coming to me today, right here where I am, and for reassuring me that every thing I have need of is found in You and what You can do with the raw ingredients that you’ve already placed around me.
Please forgive me for being so impatient as not to recognize that this is how You choose to transform difficult situations and transform me as well. Open my eyes to stop seeing my problems and concerns not as hopelessly impossible, but rather as rich opportunities to watch You move and see Your power at work through my weaknesses and ordinariness. With joyful adoration my Lord, I invite You to enter in and work through me for Your glory and honor this day. All thisI pray, in the all consuming and ever sufficient name of Jesus, Amen. …..