LOOK CAREFULLY, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED

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LOOK CAREFULLY, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

There once was a young boy who lived through the war. He was a shepherd, and lived in the countryside. Now, his brothers were fighting in the war and once, he decided to go have a look at what was happening, whilst bringing them some food. Much to his surprise, he saw the entire army cowering because the other side had a giant fighting for them.

Annoyed, and perhaps slightly embarrassed at how all these grown men could be intimidated by that one giant, this young boy told his brothers’ commanders and the king that he would like to go fight that giant. Understandably, they laughed. But seeing as how no one else had the courage to fight that giant, the king himself relented and tried to make sure the young boy was well-equipped before sending him out.

“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail.” 1 Samuel 17:38

But to their surprise, and perhaps even horror,

“David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.” 1 Samuel 17:39

And in the end, this was what he was going to battle with.

“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40

And the rest, as they say, was history.

What the king did sounds a lot like what we would do, doesn’t it? When faced with a ‘big’ and challenging situation, we would suit up like Batman or Wonder Woman with their utility belt, and pray for as much blessings and provision as we could possibly pray for, in order to cope with the situation. And then… our prayers don’t get answered.

Then we wonder if Jesus really heard our prayers. Was He on a coffee break when last we prayed? Surely He cannot expect us to face our Goliath with just five stones from a brook?

Well, beloved, you are right. He doesn’t. And David didn’t either. This was what, well, rather who, David had with him when he faced Goliath.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

David had God with him.

Beloved, are we always conscious of our Father’s presence as we move about our day? For make no mistake, He is there.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Hey, even Jesus, before He went up, told us this,

“...I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age.” Matthew 28:20 [AMPC]

Jesus too is always with us, perpetually; the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; through thick and thin, happy and sad, trials and rejoicing; till the end of time. Sounds like a marriage vow, doesn’t it? Well, it almost is, just that it is better, for,

“…it is impossible for God to lie” Hebrews 6:18

That is why, Paul had the confidence to say,

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Yes, They place angels over us, but They do not delegate their responsibility of care to the angels. No. They do it themselves. Now when you have a complete consciousness of just how close Jesus and our Father are to you all the time, there is no challenge that you cannot face head on.

Growing up, my granddad doted on me. Looking back, I think he spoiled me. But back then, all I knew was, as long as he was around, I would never get scolded, there was nothing I could not do, no candy I could not take, no television program I could not watch, no toy I could not play with. And woe to anyone who tried to correct me, because my granddad would rain down on that person so much wrath, he would wish he was never born. Believe me; I have seen a few uncles and my father try.

Now I am not suggesting that our Father will spoil us.

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” 1 Peter 1:17 [MSG]

But just like it was with my granddad, we are constantly under our Father’s protection, when He is there. And beloved, He is always there.

So if our Father is always there, why do we need anything else, other than that which He put into our hands to manage that situation that is before us? Do you think that a loving Father who gave up His own Son for our redemption would deliberately under-supply just so He can watch us fall? Indeed, as Paul says,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

If our Father placed in your hand five stones from the brook, you are going to defeat your giant; but not because of the stones. No. You are going to defeat the giant because our Father is with you through it all.

And if you seem to be called to walk around in circles, and you don’t seem to be advancing toward your destination, remember how Israel conquered Jericho?

“You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Joshua 6:3-5

Yes, they walked around it a few times, made some noise, and it was theirs. Similarly, trust our Father’s leading. He will never lead you on an aimless and pointless wild goose chase. When in the end, all is revealed, you will see why you had to walk around your problem seven times.

But perhaps you were initially well-equipped to handle the situation, but somehow you got stripped of everything you had, leaving you with nothing more than your proverbial ‘shirt on your back’. Well beloved, remember how and with what army Gideon defeated the Midianites?

“God said to Gideon, “You have too large an army with you. I can’t turn Midian over to them like this—they’ll take all the credit, saying, ‘I did it all myself,’ and forget about me. Make a public announcement: ‘Anyone afraid, anyone who has any qualms at all, may leave Mount Gilead now and go home.’” Twenty-two companies headed for home. Ten companies were left. God said to Gideon: “There are still too many. Take them down to the stream and I’ll make a final cut. When I say, ‘This one goes with you,’ he’ll go. When I say, ‘This one doesn’t go,’ he won’t go.” So Gideon took the troops down to the stream. God said to Gideon: “I’ll use the three hundred men who lapped at the stream to save you and give Midian into your hands. All the rest may go home.”” Judges 7:2-7 [MSG]

And this was the size of the force they were up against.

“Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.” Judges 7:12

And how do you think they responded when they saw the 300?

“The whole Midianite camp jumped to its feet. They yelled and fled.” Judges 7:21 [MSG]

Indeed, what you have been given may seem too small to be able to handle the situation. And in and of itself, it probably is. But that is the beauty of the situation.

“...for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,” 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 [AMPC]

What you have been given has been deliberately chosen by God, so that you, and all who are looking in on your situation will have no doubt that He loves you and He is in control of the situation. The more challenging your situation is, the less you think you have been given, that just means the bigger the miracle He wants to work in your life. How else can you tell that it is a miracle if the situation was not dire?

So beloved, take a closer look at what you have been given; because that is exactly what you need and all you need because our Father and Jesus are with you, sorting things out for you, always.

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