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The Importance of Relationship

In Exodus 33:15, Moses responds to God's unwillingness to abide with Israel. He says, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here."

The people of Israel had just been delivered from Egypt and they were on the verge of entering their, "promise land." The problem: their continual disobedience offended God to such an extent that He was unwilling to accompany them. Though His presence would not go along, God dispatched an angel to accompany them for both protection and to ensure a modicum of success in warfare.

Moses would have none of it. Success & goal acquisition, without relationship, meant very little to him. In this case, a gift without the presence of the Giver wasn't worth receiving.

In life's journey, who you bring with you is of equal if not greater importance than, "arriving!" So, at regular intervals, take a look around and make sure you haven't forgotten anyone. Let value be added to your successful arrival by the accompaniment of those most dear. Live right, live well...

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Provision for Your Victory

In 1Samuel 17 David answered the taunts of Goliath. With five smooth stones and a sling in hand when he ran to meet the sword strapped champion of the Philistines.  He responded in verse 46 saying, "This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you." That's some serious, "lip" for a 17-year-old. If ever, "trash talking" were to be described as, "epic", this is it.

As David sped toward Goliath, he loaded his sling, took aim & hurled the stone that, with remarkable accuracy, embedded itself in the giant's forehead. Unconscious, Goliath fell. David then made good on his provocation. He removed the giant's head as evidence of his victory.

The story though familiar, retains one obvious yet obscure fact. When David ran to face Goliath he had no sword with which to carry out his boast… but Goliath did. The lesson… sometimes the provision for victory lies in the hands of our adversary. So, today be brave and go get it! Live right, live well...

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