DEVOTION
 
TRANSFORMING ARROGANCE 
TO
GODLY CONFIDENCE
 

1 sAMUEL 17:28-54
“The Lord,” David added, “who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37

Many Christians consider David to be a brave warrior but often miss the perspective of David’s brother who said Davis was arrogant (verse 28c).  Yet, Davids’ cockiness turned to confidence when he gave God the credit for his previous victories in defeating bears and lions.  David also warned Goliath and the Philistine arm that it would be God who handed the victory to him. God gave David strength;, courage, and past battle experiences to defeat Goliath.  David then gave God all the credit. The story of David and Goliath is actually about a young man who allowed God to transform his arrogance into confidence by trusting in God.

David realized his arrogance would hold him back. He had to humble himself to the fact and acknowledge that without God he could never win the battle.  Love is the opposite of arrogance.  We love others by serving and putting other’s needs above our own, just as Jesus did.  The way we love and serve others is the way God will define our greatness. Pray this week that God will put someone on your heart whose skills or talents are perhaps being overlooked or ignored.

Prayer: Lord help us to serve and love you with humility, valuing others with equality regardless of gender. Help us to be confident and not arrogant in our God-given abilities and talents.  We give you all the credit and glory.  Amen.
 
 
MONDAY:         Proverbs 16:18
In what area of your life are you the most prideful?
 
TUESDAY:        Philippians 2:3-4
How can you be more mindful of others’ needs.
 
WEDNESDAY:      Galatians 3:28
We all are one in Christ.
 
THURSDAY:      Acts 9:36
How do you want to be recognized and remembered?.
 
FRIDAY:           Proverbs 8:13
God hates arrogance..
 
SATURDAY:        Luke 14:11
In what ways can you seek humility this week?