Facing Up To Our Giants – Goliath

We know how David fought Goliath, pointing us to how we can overcome the giants in our lives. These ‘giants’ represent the problems, pressures and pains which we all face at different times. How did David finally deal with Goliath, the greatest challenge of his life?

a) David Experienced God’s Power

‘David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’  (1 Samuel 17:45).

David refused to use Saul’s amour, preferring instead to face Goliath with his sling and five stones. While employing his shepherd’s skills, he trusted that God would use them to overcome Goliath.

He relied on the Name of the Lord Almighty rather than his own strength.

When we come against our ‘giants’, we can pray and act in the powerful name of Jesus, as well as acting in a way that honours his name.

b) David Enjoyed God’s Provision

‘As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead and he fell face down on the ground’
(1 Samuel 17:48-49)

When David ran at Goliath, he was trusting that God would give him the necessary power at precisely the right moment.

God’s might power was certainly behind the small smooth stone, as it embedded itself in Goliath’s forehead and sent him crashing to the ground!

Like David, we can face, fight and finish off our ‘giants’ if we are willing to trust and depend upon the word of God.

What word, prayer or action do we need to take, that will be as effective as that stone?

We are all on a battlefield. When fearful and unexpected giants come across our path, we might initially want to run away, see the fight as too hard for us, or believe God to be unfair in giving us such a challenge.

However, along with all the energy we have, we can trust in a God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.

That little stone took Goliath by surprise; such a thing had never entered his head before!!

Paul Hardingham

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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