Facing Your Goliaths

“He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath.” 1 Samuel 17:40

I love this story.

So often, I try to put myself in David’s shoes to understand exactly what he was thinking and feeling as this scene unfolded.

  • Was he trying to keep from trembling as he began to walk towards Goliath?
  • Did time seem to move slower?
  • Could he hear his heart beating faster than normal as he looked at his huge opponent?
  • Was David a little intimidated by his size?
  • Did he have second thoughts about taking this on?

What I love is that regardless of these questions, this warrior faced his giant… anyway. David had the courage to do something that looked way too big for him.

Why? Because he had faith to trust that his God was bigger…

…Do you?

Now if you remember, the Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. These two armies camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. Every day for 40 days, Goliath (a Philistine giant over 9 feet tall and wearing over 120 lbs of full armor) came out mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. Understandably Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified and paralyzed in fear.

At that time, David was too young to join the army. So his father, Jesse, made him run back and forth to the battlefield to check on his brothers. On one of those trips, he saw the giant taunting his countrymen and watched as they cowered in fear. Instead of allowing fear to paralyze him as well, he boldly said, “I’ll go fight…” (v.32)

David was trained in warfare. He didn’t own armor. He did even have a weapon.

But he was a warrior at heart… and one filled with faith. And that faith allowed him to face the giant in confidence.

That’s a perfect picture of how we should approach our Goliaths.

When problems arise and circumstances look to BIG, we need to trust God’s provision and faithfulness. We need to collected our stones and walk towards our Goliath with confidence and trust. And through we may not be armed with much, we need to muster the faith to stand up and fight knowing we are backed by a God who is… bigger.

For some of you, this may be new territory. For others, you’ve been staring down your giants for a while. Regardless, when the Enemy sends a “Goliath” our way… we need to stand up and say, “I’ll go fight!”

What do you do when life seems to BIG?

Run away?  Crumble under the pressure?  Self-medicate?  Become resentful?  Freeze up?  Give in?

What if instead…

…you faced your giant as a warrior filled with faith?

And not only would that create a deeper intimacy between you and God, but it would be a powerful testimony for others. It would encourage them to fight rather than cower in defeat.

What is your “Goliath” today?

  • A marriage trying to recover from infidelity?
  • A disability that has changed your course of life forever?
  • A financial situation that is pulling your under?
  • A persistent feeling of being alone and unloved?
  • A pursuit for justice that isn’t coming?
  • A job that challenges your value system?
  • A child that always makes bad decisions you have to pay for?

Resolve to not let this defeat you.

Why? Because you are a warrior filled with faith… backed by a big God. And if God is for us, than who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Well… as Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath’s head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant’s forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath’s sword, killed him and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp. (v49-53)

And all it just took one warrior filled with faith… and one BIG God. Goliath was defeated.

David wasn’t worried about how big Goliath was… because he knew God was bigger.

He wasn’t concerned that his weapons weren’t as impressive as Goliath’s… because he knew God was stronger.

David wasn’t intimated by his verbal tauntings… because he knew God’s words were truer.

Friends… while your “Goliaths” are real and scary and can cause your knees to buckle, remember that they are strategically placed by the Enemy. But when you cry out to God, He gives you the strength you need to overcome!

Refuse defeat. Have enough faith to pick up your shiny stone… and hurl it.

Be a warrior filled with faith.

There’s no better way.


  1. Debbie says

    I really liked this post and needed to read it today. Thank you!

    Although he may have been fearful, I tend to think that he was unabashedly passionate about defending his God’s honor and this heathen was mocking his God. David was young – brash – fearless at this age, and while he may have had moments of concern, I believe he was led by his youthful exuberance.

    (When we are older and “wiser” we tend to question ourselves more, don’t you think? We tend to question our abilities and gifts – but while we’re young we march out in our strengths and passions.)

    It was a different kind of passion that led David later in his relationship with Bathsheba, but the Psalms are such a beautiful tapestry of the feelings David had for the Lord and it is evident that they started at a young age!

    The giants I faced when I was 20 didn’t seem as big and powerful as the giants I am facing in my 40s. Why is that? Maybe that’s just me? This is a timely article and I’m thankful for having read it!

    • says

      Debbie… I agree that the giants are bigger as we get older. Maybe it’s because we are more mature and understand their strength better. I know I see things more multidimensional now. I see the bigger picture. I’m so glad this spoke to you. It’s a powerful reminder to me, too! Be blessed!

  2. Loretta says

    Thank you for this message this morning. I have fears about some things going on in my life. Thank you God for being with me and helping me with these fears.

  3. says

    Debbie, I think as we get older, FEAR becomes more of a factor. When we are children and even young adults, we still have a somewhat fearless mentality. We are unaware of what we have to lose.
    Not just you, my friend. I pray for the boldness and audacity I had in my 20’s mixed with the common sense and knowledge I have gained since then.

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