Facing the Giants

Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 17: 1-58

David has been commuting to and from work, and home – playing for Saul by day and tending to his father’s flock of sheep by night, if you will. One day Jesse asks David to deliver food to his brothers who were out to battle the Philistines. In arriving there, David hears the Philistine giant present himself to fight, as he had for 40 days, with no opponent. With the Israelites in fear, David knew what he was to do. Gaining King Saul’s approval, youthful David gathers some sticks and stones and goes to face the giant. “Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks?” Little did Goliath know, the ruddy, good looking man that rose up to fight him was going to fight him in the name of the Lord of hosts.

We all know this story, but perhaps haven’t considered it from David’s perspective. Here we have Goliath presenting himself to fight for 40 days, and not a single Israelite had the courage to fight him. Did they loose faith in God? Had they forgotten how powerful and mighty God is? Much like our lives, David was a busy man, but he didn’t allow his business to compartmentalize his faith in God. He was able to see what the rest of the Israelites could not, because God was on the throne of his heart! Because of that, he was empowered by God to do what was impossible – face Goliath.

When you face circumstances where the positive outcomes seem impossible, almost instantly fear and defeat can settle in our hearts. While this may be a normal response, we as born again believers can experience victory in the impossible, by putting our trust in God!

Perhaps your trust in God has grown faint, or He is not on the throne of your heart. Ask yourself, has God lost influence in my life? Do you find yourself living more in fear, than living courage? Do you feel defeated by a Goliath in your life?

It is certainly encouraging to read how fearless and confident David was in trusting God! As born again believers, we can live fearlessly and courageously by simply putting our trust and confidence in God. “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14: 26

Fast & Prayer Challenge: Pray that the Lord will rule supreme in your life. Ask the Lord to show you what influences have taken His place.

Pray for the “Goliath’ in your life, and ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 16

Consider a fast from ‘time-robbers’ that may rule over you, instead of you ruling over them: unhealthy relationships, media, unfruitful activities… fast for God to do the impossible in your circumstance.

“For assuredly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 

Take Action: Regain your trust and confidence in God! Start by writing some scripture verses on note cards, and begin to memorize one verse a week. “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11

Perhaps the Lord will allow you to create a personal prayer closet, where you can meet with Him everyday in prayer.

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