Your pain giant may have been stalking you for months, years, or decades. Or he may have appeared in the flash of an exploding IED or in the crash of a car accident. Or he may have entered your life during the unexpected onset of an illness. Suddenly, he’s there. Maybe you don’t realize right away how big he is. Then you look up and he’s blocking out the sun. And you realize that you're going to have to kill him. But all you have is a sling and a handful of pebbles.
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The mythological character Sysiphus was condemned to roll a heavy rock up a steep hill. Every time he got to the top of the hill, his strength would give out and the rock would roll right back down to the bottom. Doesn’t life feel like this sometimes? That rock is often not taken away from us, because we live in a world that is full of sin and evil. Mostly we simply don't know why the burden was placed upon uis. But Christians know that God can lend you His strength when yours is gone. In this book I have collected 100 devotions that — and this is my prayer — could make that heavy burden a little bit lighter.
Turn to God for strength and inspiration by meditating on His Word and praying.
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This is a collection of theological essays about the people who, through the ages, have woven the rich tapestry of what we believe today. I write about Job's rebellion against God; the countless miles traveled by Paul and his companions; Augustine's struggle against the Donatists — about a host of theologians, reformers, and reprobates who formed our spiritual world.More info →
In the Bible story of how the young shepherd boy David killed Goliath, the Philistine Giant, we learn that David selected five pebbles to put in his pouch. He took one of them, put it in his sling, swung his sling, and brought the giant down.
We all face giants in our life. Like Goliath, they have names — I have faced a brute named Chronic Pain; you may be up against a particularly nasty one called Cancer; others face Loneliness, Addiction, Financial Troubles, Family Discord, Divorce, Loss of a Loved One — the list of Philistines goes on and on. The one as nasty as the next.
So God arms us with prayer.
Each sincere prayer we pray is like one of David’s pebbles.
I pray that these ten short devotions will help you in your ongoing struggle to overcome the giant in your life.
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