May 7 “2 things that hold us back”

Two things that often hold us back: looking at the size of the problem and being concerned with what people think. We need to live to please God (2 Cor. 5.9) and keep our eyes on Him, not the problem as we’ll see in our Old Testament reading.

2 things that hold us back

Today’s Readings:
1 Samuel 16 & 17
Psalm 57.4-11
Proverbs 15.26
Luke 23.26-56

1 Samuel 16 & 17:

What God sees

Verse 16.7, “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'”

God doesn’t look at outward appearances, nor at the amount of education, nor financial or social status, nor great beauty. He looks at the heart! Make it your ambition to please God with your life. Do what you have to do to make yourself available to serve Him. Ask Him to give you the right heart attitude and He will do mighty things. You do your part and He will do His.

What we should see

2 things that hold us back

Chapter 17 recounts the familiar story of David and Goliath. Verse 24, “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.” But the young man David saw things differently, verse 26b, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” The other men looked at their size in relation to the size of the giant, but David looked at the giant in relation to the size of His God! Continue reading