There is a well-known story in 1 Samuel 17 of a young shepherd boy named David, facing off against the giant of a man called Goliath. David was a teenager and didn’t have military experience or training. Goliath was over 9 feet tall and a seasoned warrior who had been trained in combat since his youth. The odds are clearly stacked against David. It would be easy for him to be intimidated, overwhelmed, and even to run from the situation. Instead, we find David full of confidence, running to face Goliath; within minutes the giant is on the floor dead and David is the champion.
Have you ever faced a situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed or intimidated? One where it looks like all the odds are stacked against you? Perhaps it is a relationship that is going through challenges, an addiction that you can’t break free from, a fear that torments you, or perhaps something in your own character or personality that troubles you. The truth is you’re not alone in this, we all face challenges that seem impossible to overcome.
I want to pull out three lessons from David’s life that will help us deal with our giants.
David knew God
In verse 26 he says, ‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’ (NIV). Everyone else’s response was to run from Goliaths' threat but David’s reaction is one that shows he knows his God is alive and more powerful than the giant. David knew who he belonged to and that God would fight on his behalf. David’s confidence was rooted, not in his ability to overcome, but in the deep trust that David had in God because he knew Him personally and intimately.
David had proved God
When Saul points out the fact that David is an untrained boy, and that Goliath has been trained in combat since his youth, David responds by recounting to Saul a testimony.
David said to Saul, ‘When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth…Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them…The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine’ (1 Samuel 17:34-37 NIV).
Those early challenges had prepared him for this public challenge.
David Put His Faith in God
His faith was not in himself. Instead, David had complete trust and faith in God’s ability and power.
‘This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head…for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands’ (1 Samuel 17:46-47 NIV).
In essence, David made it God’s fight and not his own. There is something so powerful when a person puts their trust in God and allows Him to fight on their behalf.
So let me encourage you today to develop a personal friendship with God, and trust him with the small things that trouble you. The smaller challenges actually build faith and develop strength. Instead of fighting your own battles, hand them to God. Put your trust in Him, and He will fight on your behalf.
Steve Uppal is the senior leader of All Nations Church, Wolverhampton. He is also a speaker and author. You can hear Steve every weekday at 6.40pm on UCB 1. Listen online, on DAB, or via UCB Player.