By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: July 11, 2017
From Series: God is in the Gaps
I Samuel 17: 34-36, "But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God."
Salvation is an event—the moment we surrender our lives to Christ—followed by a process. Our transformation doesn't happen overnight. Step by step we move farther from who we were. Maybe we're not yet where we want to be, but we must acknowledge the progress. We're standing in the gap of what was and what is. God is a God of gaps, and He wants us to appreciate every stage of our salvation because His grace fills every space. Remember, the progress is the process.
Why was David willing to take on Goliath? He volunteered to fight the 9'9' giant because he borrowed confidence from the past. He knew if God could deliver him from the jaws of a lion and the claws of a bear, then He could deliver him on the battlefield. Likewise, If God's big enough to secure our salvation, then He's big enough to help us fight every battle we face.
So here's the phrase that pays: Whatever lies ahead, borrow the confidence for tomorrow's battle from the faithfulness of God in your yesterday.
Father God, thank You for filling in my gaps with Your grace. I love that You work through my past to prepare me for the present with each step I take. I seek to please You, knowing that even when I'm faithless You are always faithful!
Psalm 46:1 is a great reminder of God's faithfulness. It's short and easy to memorize. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
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