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The valley of Elah is rich with biblical lessons that can teach us many different things. Yesterday we learned about how Saul’s fear of man will lead us nowhere except corruption and destruction. Today we’ll focus on how we leverage a bad circumstance to fulfill the plans of God.

The new King-Elect had just arrived on scene at the valley of Elah as the Philistine Champion Goliath spouted out defiances against God and the army of Israel. Saul stood there with his tail between his legs unable to face the problem he was supposed to fix. It’s likely Samuel filled David in on the mistakes of Saul so that David wouldn’t follow in his footsteps. Knowing full well the mistakes of Saul, David had to act. He may not have been the tallest, strongest, or smartest, but God entrusted him with leadership and, as Paul would say, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31). In the face of fear that young shepherd boy mustered up every ounce of courage in his defiance of Goliath. Like a superhero discovering his or her ability for the first time, David’s faith enabled him to step out onto that field and into his destiny.

David may not have reigned as King until Saul died, but in the minds of the biblical authors, David became King that day in the Valley of Elah. I can’t speak for David, but I’m going to assume that he was still afraid. It wasn’t just his future kingship on the line, it was his very life. It was quite literally a life or death situation. This is a horrible situation. How could God allow things to get so bad that a man with no tactical training to step up? David didn’t have to do this. There were plenty of other soldiers who could have stepped up to the challenge. But David refused to look at this situation with a negative perspective. Instead, David saw this as a moment to show God’s strength. As Paul says, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9)

Today as you face bad circumstances, I challenge you to find ways in which you can harness that bad situation to bring glory to Jesus. Discover new ways that will enable you to shift your perspective to see things from God’s view. You don’t have to be the strongest, smartest, or best looking to fulfill God’s plans for your life. You don’t have to be working your dream or ideal job to be used by God. You can be used right now, wherever you are (I’m preaching to myself here). In fact, God will utilize your weaknesses to ensure that you know He worked through you. Think about all of the people we know today who didn’t have all the skills or credentials they needed but somehow ended up making a huge impact on our world (Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, The Disciples etc.) As we saw yesterday, if you won’t go through with what God is calling you to do, He’ll find someone else. You just have to be willing and obedient; God will take care of the rest.

Verses to pray about today: 

1 Samuel 17:45: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Romans 8:31:  If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 12:9: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me

Click Here to learn more about the Holy Land and the Valley of Elah with one of our seminars.

The valley of Elah is rich with biblical lessons that can teach us many different things. Yesterday we learned about how Saul’s fear of man will lead us nowhere except corruption and destruction. Today we’ll focus on how we leverage a bad circumstance to fulfill the plans of God.

The new King-Elect had just arrived on scene at the valley of Elah as the Philistine Champion Goliath spouted out defiances against God and the army of Israel. Saul stood there with his tail between his legs unable to face the problem he was supposed to fix. It’s likely Samuel filled David in on the mistakes of Saul so that David wouldn’t follow in his footsteps. Knowing full well the mistakes of Saul, David had to act. He may not have been the tallest, strongest, or smartest, but God entrusted him with leadership and, as Paul would say, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31). In the face of fear that young shepherd boy mustered up every ounce of courage in his defiance of Goliath. Like a superhero discovering his or her ability for the first time, David’s faith enabled him to step out onto that field and into his destiny.

David may not have reigned as King until Saul died, but in the minds of the biblical authors, David became King that day in the Valley of Elah. I can’t speak for David, but I’m going to assume that he was still afraid. It wasn’t just his future kingship on the line, it was his very life. It was quite literally a life or death situation. This is a horrible situation. How could God allow things to get so bad that a man with no tactical training to step up? David didn’t have to do this. There were plenty of other soldiers who could have stepped up to the challenge. But David refused to look at this situation with a negative perspective. Instead, David saw this as a moment to show God’s strength. As Paul says, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9)

Today as you face bad circumstances, I challenge you to find ways in which you can harness that bad situation to bring glory to Jesus. Discover new ways that will enable you to shift your perspective to see things from God’s view. You don’t have to be the strongest, smartest, or best looking to fulfill God’s plans for your life. You don’t have to be working your dream or ideal job to be used by God. You can be used right now, wherever you are (I’m preaching to myself here). In fact, God will utilize your weaknesses to ensure that you know He worked through you. Think about all of the people we know today who didn’t have all the skills or credentials they needed but somehow ended up making a huge impact on our world (Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, The Disciples etc.) As we saw yesterday, if you won’t go through with what God is calling you to do, He’ll find someone else. You just have to be willing and obedient; God will take care of the rest.

Verses to pray about today: 

1 Samuel 17:45: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Romans 8:31:  If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 12:9: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me

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