God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Your past deliverance should produce present devotion, because what God did for you back then, He will do again.
Even as a boy, David knew this truth by way of personal experience:
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.”
(1 Samuel 17:37)
David believed that his past deliverances provided irrefutable proof of God’s present and future deliverances. Do you know this truth? David knew it so well that he did not hesitate to meet the giant Goliath in battle.
Think about the times your God has delivered you out of the paw of the lion and of the bear. . .
- Burdens at school
- Troubles at the office
- Parenting prodigals
- Difficulties at home
- Relationship challenges
- Financial reversals
- Health issues
When you give it some thought, such a list of difficulties and heartaches could easily fill this blog! Yet in spite of the numerous troubles and trials which beset us, all those who are, by grace through faith, in Christ can rest assured that every promise of God is “yes and amen” in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Here is one thing you and I must keep in view: God is the one who defines the deliverance. His deliverance is guaranteed, but it may not always look like we want it to! Deliverance sent by the hand of God may even be found in a crushing defeat, simply because God was in it with us. Only God knows what is best for us, and He will deliver it to us, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
The lion, the bear, and the Philistine will always be different. The attacks, challenges, and problems we face always take different forms. But our God will always be the same, and He is with us in every battle. The key is to remember what David remembered about the strength he would be fighting the giant in. The giant David faced was big; David’s God was bigger. David knew that God would give him everything he needed in order for victory to be won.
So regardless of what the world throws against you with today—whether sword, spear, or javelin . . . or a layoff, terrible test result, or tax audit—remember that your deliverance will come because you fight in the name of the Most High God. Let every remembrance of past deliverance move you to a deeper and stronger daily devotion to your God!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!