Killing a Bear

Years ago I heard a sermon by the title of,”God Created Man to find a Cave with a Bear in it, Kill the Bear, and Live in the Cave”. The sermon was based on 1 Samuel 17:34-36,

But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”

I have killed a Bear and a mountain lion, but with both of them I used a rifle, a big rifle, a 300 Weatherby Magnum, David killed his with his bare hands. How did he do that? First, he had zero fear, second, he obviously was a tough guy and very strong, and third, he had a very high level of faith that God would help him and He did.

Here is one of David’s personal statements of faith written in Psalms 18:32-34 “The God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

Our faith in God grows stronger as we experience success as a result of His provision and power working in our lives. The problem is that most don’t attempt anything big enough, hard enough, and scary enough to experience that success from God. The result is that our faith is pretty much just intellectual ascent to God’s power and provision which doesn’t motivate us to attempt anything hard in our life.

We were created by God to conquer, to overcome, to accomplish big things with our life. Stories about David and other hero’s in the Bible were written for us, to inspire us to pick up our sling and kill the giants in our life.

Look for opportunities to attempt something we would naturally turn down because it seems to hard. Write a few really big crazy goals and sincerely work at accomplishing them. Ask God every day for the opportunity and ask Him for the strength, the faith, the provision, and the wisdom to accomplish the task. After you have conquered give God all the glory, don’t get proud of your accomplishments.

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