It means remembering that he is your David in the story—and you can never bring down giants through your own courage, willpower, or efforts. It’s always Jesus who brings the giant down.
— Goliath Must Fall
To fail to pray, then, is not to merely break some religious rule—it is a failure to treat God as God. It is a sin against his glory… Prayer is simply a recognition of the greatness of God.
— Timothy Keller, Prayer
The fundamental issue here is: What does sin do to God, and how is this set right? The most important answer is that sin dishonors God. It detracts from his glory. It belittles him. It treats him as inferior in value to what we prefer in our sinful desire.
— John Piper
At the beginning of the Christian life, we have our own ideas as to what God’s purpose is. We say, “God means for me to go over there,” and, “God has called me to do this special work.” We do what we think is right, and yet the compelling purpose of God remains upon us. The work we do is of no account when compared with the compelling purpose of God. It is simply the scaffolding surrounding His work and His plan.
— The Compelling Purpose of God, Oswald Chambers
During times of disaster, when a piece of positive news is heard – for example a property was spared – a Christian will often automatically (and rightly so) exclaim that God is good… But, had that property been taken in the blaze, would that in some way render God ‘less good’? — I’m a Christian and my house just burned down
… Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. — Ephesians 2:3-5 (NIV)
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God. — God’s Purpose or Mine?, Oswald Chambers