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Transformation Garden - Jan. 13, 2010

 

"David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.'" 
I Samuel 17: 37, Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION:

"The Paw of The Lion and The Paw of the Bear"

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do I need God to deliver me from?

What help from God in my past makes me confident I can trust Him with my future?

"Oh, how great peace and quietness would (she) possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all (their) confidence in God." 
Thomas à Kempis

INSPIRATION:

"Every thing that a (woman) leans upon but God, will be a dart that will constantly pierce (her) heart through and through.  (she) who leans, only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life." 
Thomas Brooks

Recently, I watched a program that was a documentary on bears.  While different types of bears were shown, the main focus was on the life of Grizzlies.  I must confess that after learning more about these creatures, I'm certainly glad I've never come face to face with one of these animals. While they are stunningly gorgeous, they are also ferocious.  Obviously, this was a fact David knew well for not only had a bear but also a lion had tried to snatch away some of the sheep in his care and David was able successfully to defend his flock.

In the face of being attacked by the giant, Goliath, King Saul couldn't believe that a young person like David, an inexperienced warrior, could take on such a masterful foe.  However, rather than backing down from the enemy, David informed King Saul that the same God who had delivered him from the paw of a lion and bear, could certainly, without a doubt, deliver him from a Philistine named Goliath.

Interestingly, if in our mind's eye we think of a lion or bear attacking sheep, we usually end up using words like "snatch."  And in the Hebrew, the word "deliverance," used in our text today, means to "snatch away, to pluck, to rescue."  A lion and bear tried to "snatch" one of David's sheep but he rescued it.

Having this experience as a reference point, David informed King Saul that the same "Deliverer," the God who rescued him by helping him protect his own flock, would be by his side to rescue him from the Philistines.

What a wonderful promise for you and me to rely on when facing the Goliaths in our own lives.

But what's more, like David, when facing calamity, we can be encouraged when we look at the ways our Father has led us in the past. This will give us confidence in His ability to handle our future as well.

I love the words penned by the great Evangelist Dwight Moody: 

"Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment.  Trust in your friends and they will die and leave you. Trust in money and you may have it taken away from you.  Trust in reputation and some slanderous tongues will blast it. But trust in God and you are never to be confounded in time or in eternity."

"In God alone there is faithfulness and faith in the trust that we may hold to Him, to His promise and to His guidance.  To hold to God is to rely on the fact that God is there for me, and to live in this certainty." 
Karl Barth

AFFIRMATION:

"Whenever I Doubt or Wonder"

"Whenever I am prone to doubt and wonder, 
 I check myself, and say, the mighty One 
Who made the solar system cannot blunder, 
And for the best all things are being done. 
He who set the stars on their eternal courses, 
Has fashioned this strange earth by some sure plan. 
Bow low - bow low to those majestic forces, 
Nor dare to doubt their wisdom, puny man. 
You cannot put one little star in motion, 
You cannot shape one single forest leaf, 
Nor fling a mountain up, nor sink an ocean, 
Presumptuous pygmy, large with unbelief! 
You cannot bring one dawn of regal splendor, 
Nor bid the day to shadowy twilight fall, 
Nor send the pale moon forth with radiance tender; 
And dare you doubt the One who has done all?" 
S. A. Nagel 
Masterpiece of Religious Verse

Your friend, 
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus 
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