Monday Devo - Slump Guns

Monday, April 27, 2015

Finally getting these things going. I thought I'd have a series going, having a little bible talk per say on a quiet time that really spoke to me throughout the week. For those who don't know what a Quiet Time is, it's basically time I spend with God alone, reading his word and praying to him, building a relationship with him and growing in my spirituality.

Last week, I spent a lot of time reading this Quiet Time book called "Facing your Giants" - thanks madre for lending it to me - and to give a brief overview, the book is based on David and his life before and after he defeated Goliath with his trusty slingshot. The book relates the Goliath that David faced as one of his many "giants". Giants, meaning: that sin that keeps reoccurring, that person who just won't give up bullying you, or hurting you, or even a difficult time in your life, in your faith, in your friendships. All are considered the "giants" in our lives, and this book uses David as an example of how we can overcome our "giants" by using examples of his life.

The title of the little devotion I wish to share with you was called "Slump Guns".

It starts off with a scripture in Proverbs 14:12-13
"12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief."
Basically, we are in the part of the story of David where he has his group soldiers, all of whom are defending themselves from the King, Saul, who wants David dead. Not only does David have to avoid his own death, he also has over a thousand mouths to feed, while dealing with his two wives (lol).There were points in David's life where he had to live in caves, and hide behind trees, just to get away from Saul. Basically, David's life isn't going the way he had hoped, "the slump guns find their mark" (lucado 64). We can even see in 1 Samuel 27:1 where David accepts the fact that Saul will indeed kill him, and plans to run away.

Throughout David's story we see him consult men like Samuel and Jonathan who bring him back on the right path towards God, but here, when David is really in a rut, we see David consult himself.

The book talks about how we should constantly consult in wise men and women. David was not doing well, and while consulting in himself, he simply brought himself down. It's normal though, we usually turn to people with no answers when we're going through something in order to avoid correction (*cough* pride *cough*) and will hang with other people who are hurting.

Because David consulted in himself, it only lead him even further from God (basically, he kills a bunch of people). The book talked about the swimming athlete Florence Chadwick who attempted to swim a 22 mile canal. While all was going well, her muscles began to cramp and she asked to give up, but her mother (who was in the boat next to her) urged her to continue. And so she did, but it was foggy and she couldn't see how far the island was, and stopped.

Soon after, she discovered that the island was less than a mile away. She even admitted that she could have finished, but it was too foggy that she couldn't see her end goal.

While it's okay to have our "bad days" spiritually, we can't give up the swim. Even if our muscles are too tired to carry on, even when it may seem like our end result is way too far, we need to keep swimming. JUST IMAGINE: "God may be, at this moment, lifting his hand to signal Gabriel to grab the trumpet. Angels may be assembling, saints gathering, demons trembling". Just keep on going, you're almost there!

All in all, I learnt do NOT lean on myself, or even people who aren't doing well spiritually just to avoid correction, but to turn to God in prayer, turn to a sister or brother for guidance, or even to a leader! We want to move forward, not bring ourselves backwards. God is right next to us, saying "Come on (your name), you can do it. Just a bit more. Don't give up. I'm here waiting to hug you, to congratulate you! Keep it up!"

Anywho, thanks for reading guys. I hope you got something out of this. Maybe the guns are aimed at you, and now you know where to go when you think you've hit rock bottom.

Have a great week dudes and dudettes! :)

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