August 8, 2012 - Remember What God Has Done
By Scott McChrystal
“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37, NIV).
Remembering the past is key for maintaining perspective.
Picture the scene. A teenage boy is pleading his case before the king of Israel. A godless giant named Goliath has defied the armies of mighty Israel and the God they serve. No Israelite warrior has mustered the courage to fight Goliath one-on-one … except David.
King Saul is certain David is volunteering himself for a suicide mission. David is a brave boy, but no match for this Philistine killing machine. And besides, if David loses to Goliath, Israel loses as well. Risky business.
At some time during the conversation, David gives Saul a riveting stare along with words to this effect. “Look, King Saul, God has delivered me from the lion and bear. Our mighty God will deliver me from this ugly bully as well. Not to worry.”
That did it. Saul saw that David wasn’t hallucinating. He had perspective solidly grounded on what God had done before.
Don’t forget. God has done mighty things in your life. And He will again!
— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 2.