Look Back for Faith
“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’ Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.’” 1 Samuel 17:32-33 (NIV)
On the surface David looks like any other teenage boy, trying to bite off more than he can chew. Thinking more of himself than he ought. If we take a closer look, maybe he was he absolutely right about what he could do. The next verses (vv. 34-37 summarized) in our narrative reveal, “…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off the sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and… killed both lion and the bear… The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” What we see clearly by what David says, is not a young, presumptuous, and foolish declaration, but a faith filled acknowledgement of God’s power and faithfulness experienced by David himself. David wasn’t just making an absurd prediction about his own abilities, but a confession of the ability of God to work through him as he had done numerous times before. As David looked back at God’s past successes in His life, It fueled David’s faith in God’s ability to do the same for his present. This is true in our lives as well. When we don’t look directly at our present circumstances but on God’s past performance in our lives, it gives us faith in God for our present, and hope for our future. If you are new to following Christ, begin today, to trust and obey Him, and you will start to make faith-filled memories, that will encourage and fuel your future todays. Then you will be able to say, like David, “The Lord who delivered me from the (fill in the blank) _______ will deliver me from my present situation as well.” He is faithful and He promises to take care of his children. Think back to specific instances of God’s faithfulness, thank Him, and you will be filled with faith for today!