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…
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.