Wednesday May 30
I Samuel 17
We all know the story of David and Goliath. The young shepherd boy kills the giant warrior with only his slingshot. What happened that day is an exciting and inspiring story, but the 39 days leading up to that day were not good days for Israel. Each of those days Goliath came out two times (once in the morning and once in the evening) and challenged, belittled, and harassed the army of Israel. And each of those days Saul and his men retreated in great fear and distress at the sight of the giant. But day 40 turned out a little differently. In the Bible, the number 40 often represents a time of trial, testing, and discipline. Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years. It rained 40 days and nights in the great flood of Noah’s time. Moses spent 40 years in exile after killing an Egyptian before God spoke to him in the burning bush. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. Whether brought on by ourselves or not we will face times of trials and testing that may make us retreat in fear or distress, but God has numbered the days that giant’s reign of terror. God promises He will never give us more than we can handle. Maybe you’re going through it right now. Maybe today is day 40 for you and you are about the see the giant fall. But even if it’s not, know that his days are numbered and when God has accomplished what He needs to accomplish in you, the giant will fall.