I continue to study Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God" and linking up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always.
This study has been such perfect timing for me. I tend to focus on the challenges in my life. My eyes gaze at all that needs to be done or simply ...how can I get out of this?
Did you notice the "I" in that last one?
This morning I was reading about God as the Lord of Hosts or Yahweh Tsebaoth. This title "emphasizes God's rule over every other power in the material and spiritual universe".
Have you ever considered that all creation serves God's purposes?
The Scripture that contains this reference is found in 1 Samuel 17:45-46. I'm sure you all remember the story of David and Goliath.
But David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand."
Can you just picture little shepherd David yelling this up to the giant Goliath?
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David even refused King Saul's bronze helmet, armor and sword. He simply wasn't used to wearing all of this.
David's experience was as a shepherd herding and protecting his sheep. The Lord had delivered him from the paw of the lion and the paw of a bear. This past experience provided David with the confidence and faith that God could deliver him no matter how big and strong Goliath appeared.
I don't know about you. But I'm not so sure I would have displayed the courage of David if I were in his shoes.
My Goliath's are different but ...are they really?
- Loss of a job
- Financial stress
- Loss of a home
- Health issues
- Disobedient children
- Marriage problems
- Spiritually mismatched relationships
- Constant fatigue
There is great power in the name Yahweh Tsebaoth; LORD of hosts.
Ann writes that this name "occurs more than 240 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, reminding us that all of creation, even in its fallen condition, is under God's rule and reign".
Remember how faithful God has been to you in the past?
Will you make the choice to display the confidence and faith of a David against your Goliath?
Are you willing to trust the Lord of hosts today?
Blessings and love,