June 26 Seeds of Discouragement

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:28–32

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:32

Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Words are so powerful in the way they affect our actions. A simple word of caution may prevent us from ever setting foot on a path of destruction. A word of encouragement could give us the confidence we need to follow God’s call on our lives. A trait of conquering faith is that it turns a deaf ear to discouragement. Instead of listening to—and believing—the words of the faithless, we need to hold fast to the promises God has given us.

As David listened to Goliath’s threats, he wondered why no one would challenge this giant. Goliath was mocking God, yet no one seemed too concerned with putting an end to it. David’s courage rose up within him, and he voiced that he wanted to fight Goliath. However, discouragement began bombarding him. David was determined to ignore it, resulting in a conquering faith.

Despite the discouragement, David was determined to triumph. Likewise, we need to remember the example of David and refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in our hearts. We must remember that God is on our side, and that He is the One who will conquer all our enemies as we place our faith in Him.

Heavenly Father, I refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in my heart. I believe You will conquer all of my enemies as I put my faith in You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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