Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

July 17

Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder; for it is a ram of consecration: And one loaf of bread, and one cake of oiled bread, and one wafer out of the basket of the unleavened bread that is before the LORD: And thou shalt put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons.

Exodus 29:22–24

The hands of Aaron and his sons - once empty enough to place on the head of the sin offering - are now filled.

On one mountain ridge stood the people of Israel. On the other were the Philistines. And in the valley between them, Goliath taunted the people of Israel day after day, challenging them to send someone to do battle with him. The Israelites were understandably terrified. After all, Goliath was at least 9'9" and possibly as tall as 11'6". So heavy was his spear that the tip alone weighed thirty pounds. To put that in perspective, shot-putters throw a ball weighing a mere sixteen pounds. The armor he wore to protect his chest was two hundred pounds. Goliath was indeed massive. When the young shepherd boy from Bethlehem arrived on the scene and heard Goliath’s jeers, he said, “Give me a chance. Let me take him on.” You see, while everyone else thought Goliath was too big to hit, David thought he was too big to miss. Turning down the offer of armor too large for him, David went into the valley of Elah with the only thing he was accustomed to using: his sling. But it was empty until, there in the very valley in which he would do battle, he found five stones - one of which would slay Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40).

Just as it wasn’t until David had already committed himself to the battle that he found the stones, and just as it wasn’t until Aaron and his sons were to make an offering to the Lord that they were given bread and meat, it won’t be until you start sharing your faith and reaching out to people that you will be given exactly what you need for ministry (Matthew 10:19). Daring to minister is as necessary as preparing to minister, for it’s when we are in the valley of confrontation that we’ll look down and see five smooth stones waiting to be put to God’s use.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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