Bible Love Notes – When Little Things are Big Things

When we know God, little things are big things.

That’s because God determines our opportunities according to our faithfulness in small victories.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10

If we want to slay giants,* we need to “practice” on daily “enemies” first.

Before David fought the giant Goliath, he’d fought lions and bears as a shepherd. 

These smaller victories taught David he could trust God.

The Israeli soldiers were shaking in their boots and King Saul “knew” David couldn’t defeat Goliath. 

But David explained that God had saved him before and would do it again (1 Samuel17:32-37).

David’s faith – the faith that killed Goliath – was formed first in the shepherd’s field.

Like David, if we want to slay our giants, we also need to start by slaying our everyday sins, doubts, and discouragements.

*difficult trials, sin patterns and attacks from Satan

The Bible in a Year – Day 177 – Return, O Israel

Fr. Mike shortly touches on David’s honest prayer in Psalm 109 before diving into the unending love God has for his people. As we continue to journey through our readings, we will begin to see the words of the prophets come to fruition as those who return to the Lord in faith will experience his undying love and forgiveness, despite their unfaithfulness. Today’s readings are 2 Kings 9, Hosea 11-14, and Psalm 109.

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Bible Love Notes – Repentance

When we add excuses and justifications to an apology, we hit the delete button.

And our excuses usually keep us from seeing our need to change.

We have two stellar examples in Scripture.

King Saul disobeyed God’s orders (1 Samuel 15). 

When Samuel confronted him:
1. Saul claimed he’d obeyed (13).
2. Blame-shifted his responsibility to others (15).
3. Explained how he’d “mostly” obeyed (15).
4. Claimed he obeyed in a statement that proved he hadn’t (3*, 20-21).
5. Blame-shifted and claimed they’d disobeyed God in order to honor God (21)!
6. Finally agreed he’d sinned, but explained why (24).
7. Wanted to be honored while he publicly pretended to respect God (30).

The second example is David (2 Samuel 11-12). 

When Nathan confronted David:
1. David admitted his sin without qualification or excuse (12:13).
2. Sorrowfully confessed and repented (Psalm 51).

No wonder God rejected Saul, but continued to use David as a godly example (2 Kings 14:32 Kings 16:2).

Let’s learn from David’s “short list” example.