Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Beyond Impossible

The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.

I Samuel 17:17

In the last two years my husband and I have faced some of the most trying, challenging, difficult times that we’ve experienced. A Goliath has called out his bullying, cruel taunts against my husband and myself, spreading vicious and false innuendos. This Goliath has even threatened the life of my husband. Some days it’s hard to just wake up in the morning. There seems to be no relief or help. It feels as though this is far more than being paw swiped by a lion!

It is in times like these that I have to remember the times that God has delivered me from numerous lion and bear attacks. Many ministers and their families are the recipients of attacks that others would never experience or imagine. Sometimes we feel as though we wear a bull’s eye on our backs. Lions and bears, oh my, they are the animals of discouragement!

But all these are part of building up spiritual strength. Every difficulty, every tough encounter, every conflict builds up the necessary muscle, preparing me for my present Goliath. My only assurance is David’s--the Lord delivered me from the paw of the lion and bear I pray he will also deliver me from the hand of this Goliath.

God, it’s difficult to see that “bear” and “lion” attacks
can be part of what strengthens me.
Deliver me, O God, from the hand of this Philistine!

Image - Lion Photo

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