Perception Of Preparation, Part 1of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

1Samuel 17:36-37, “36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee”

Growing up, I lived about fifteen minutes away from a Seeing Eye dog training center called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Now certain dogs are being trained to one day be prepared to serve as “eyes” for a blind person. Of course the dog doesn’t know this while it is going through the training, but one day it will walk in its purpose. Have you ever experienced a season of difficult times, unknown times, unsure times, whereby you truly did not realize at the time why you were going through the situation that you found yourself in?

David was a shepherd tending his flock in the field. One day David would be summoned to meet with the prophet Samuel who would anoint David as King of Israel. After David is anointed King, although at this time he is truly a king, he is a king without a kingdom at this time (Genesis 16), David volunteers to step up to the challenge of facing the Philistine Champion Goliath. What was it about David that cause him to believe that he could actually defeat, not just step up to the challenge, Goliath? David had a perception of his preparation. David thought back to the times that vicious animals attacked his sheep, and David recalled how God delivered him out of the paws of those that attacked his sheep. Once again even though David is a king without a kingdom at this time, David perceived that God was preparing him to defeat Goliath as He did back when David was fighting in the field protecting his sheep. Like a ferocious animal with sharp paws attacking David’s sheep, so was Goliath with a sharp sword attacking the sheep (Israel). David would become the under-shepherd (the shepherd, under the Shepherd [God]), but would David fight for Israel? David didn’t realize until it was time to volunteer for the challenge against Goliath, that God had prepared him in times past for present and future battles and challenges.

Are you facing something at this time that you feel that you cannot accomplish? If you believe that, you are right, you can’t accomplish it, or can anything work alone. Jesus said, “apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15).” Notice that even David fought, it was God who delivered. Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” Saul had man’s perception in mind, while David had a godly perception knowing God prepared him for such a time as this.

What giant are you facing or about to face in your life? Can you like David look back in your life and have a perception of preparation for what lays ahead of you? God has brought you through so much, can He not bring you through whatever you are facing or about to face. Why not take time to write down some of the major battles God has brought you through and thank Him for those times. Then write down those battles you are facing or know you are about to face and thank God He also has the same power to bring you through them.

Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><

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