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JITHM Weekly Diplomat Corner – Devotional

SUNDAY OCTOBER  14, 2018

Spiritual Optimism

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, with a spear, and with a javelin, But I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.”

1 SAMUEL 17:45-46a

David was certainly an optimist! Regardless of his circumstances, David could always see God’s activity! A pessimist focuses on the problems, concentrating on the reasons why something cannot be done. The optimist sees those same problems, but he sees them from the perspective of God’s presence.

 David was just a young boy when he faced Goliath, an intimidating veteran warrior who frightened even the bravest Israelite soldier. As he prepared for battle, David saw that Goliath was a giant. He heard his boastful taunts. He could not fail to notice his enemy’s weapons: a sword, a shield, and a javelin. David did not barge into the battle unprepared for a fight. He armed himself with five smooth stones. David was prepared for God to grant him victory with the first stone he hurled at the giant or the fifth. David was ready to accept God’s victory, whether it came easily or with much effort.

Optimists do not ignore the difficulties; they are keenly aware of them. But the knowledge of God’s presence prevents them from becoming discouraged or giving up. It is impossible to stand in the presence of God and be a pessimist! The account of David and Goliath vividly pictures the source of the Christian’s faith- not our own size, strength, or resources but the power of almighty God. If we focus on our opposition and problems, they will seem gigantic. But as we focus on God, we will see our situation in the proper perspective and be assured that all things are possible with God (Phil. 4:13).

Prayer:My Father, I bring to You my distress, difficulties, worries and fears, troubles and trials. Lord Jesus, I turn them all over to You completely. LORD, help me not to take them back from You through doubt, but to sleep calmly in Your peace and presence forever, in Jesus’ Name (Isa. 26:3) HSMP

 Prayer: LORD, purify my heart and mind all the time. By Your Blood, sweep away from my desires the worldly evil I see around me. Help me to seek eternal joy rather than momentary pleasure. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the sinless One who died for me, in His’ Name. (Ps. 24:3-4) HSMP

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