I have definitely missed a few days on my Jesse Tree Devotional, probably because every time I think I have a moment it goes in a flash! I apologize for not keeping up, by next year I will have all these ready to go and here for you. Currently I am up to my eye balls in laundry, my house is a disaster, and snow is coming down outside non stop. I have shoveled twice today and still need to go out again, but the white snow does look beautiful and Christmas like.
The buses were cancelled this morning, although both our girls love school so much they happily went in with Joel. I am sneaking in a quiet moment while Josh and Hanny are at Grandma’s house. Sam and Ben are laughing in their cribs – really they should be napping. Sounds of snow plows going by, neighbours blowing their driveways, and the smell of my self clean oven filling the house. I wanted to feel like I accomplished something today, so I pressed the self clean button on our oven. It’s a snow storm in Muskoka!
Jesse Tree Advent Day Fourteen (Slingshot Symbol)
Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.
Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.
I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.
The Philistines gathered together and declared war on the Israelites. Saul the king of Israel lined Israelite men up in formation on a hill against the Philistines who were on another hill. A man named Goliath stepped forward from the Philistine’s formation of men. He was a giant, over nine feet tall. He wore a bronze helmet and amour that weighed over 125 lbs. In a loud voice he shouted to the Israelites, “chose one of your men to come down against me. If he wins in a fight against me and kills me, we will become your servants. But if I win against him and kill him, then you will be our servants and serve us.” When the Israelites heard these words they were afraid and retreated back.
David the son of Jesse, was asked by his father to take food and provisions to the men at the battle camp. David’s father wanted to know where his other sons were and if they had indeed found Saul’s camp and were okay. The next day David left his flock of sheep with someone else and took the provisions to the men of Israel at the camp. When David arrived he over heard the men talking about all Saul promised to the man who defeated the giant Goliath. The men claimed that Saul promised great riches, and his daughter to the man who won, he also promised that the man’s family would no longer pay taxes.
When Saul heard of David’s question he had David sent for. David told the king that there was nothing to worry about because he would fight the Philistine named Goliath. Saul did not believe David could defeat the Philistine at first, but David explained how he guarded his flock from bears and lions. David told Saul, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of the Philistine.” At this Saul told David to go forward as he planned.
David refused the best armor and weapons Israel’s army had to offer. Instead David went down to the river and chose five smooth stones and put them in his pouch. With his sling in one hand, and stones in his pouch, David went down to meet the giant named Goliath.
Goliath laughed when he saw David and cursed him for the joke, he felt David was far to small to match his own strength. David told Goliath that he came in the Name of the Lord and that on this very day His God, the God of Israel, would defeat the Philistines. When Goliath started towards David, David took a stone from his pouch and put it in his slingshot. He slung it towards Goliath and hit him directly in the forehead. Goliath went face down with a loud thump. David ran towards him, and used Goliath’s own sword to finish the job. David had defeated Goliath in the Name of God.
Have you ever faced a situation you felt too large to handle on your own?
How did you handle it?
Did you know you can always pray to God and ask Him for courage to fight battles? God loves to hear us call out to Him and ask for His help.
Let’s pray together and thank God for His confidence to face anything that comes our way with Him on our side.