Before I share today about your own personal giants we all face, I would like to share about the actual story of David and Goliath. I don’t want to just assume that everyone has heard this story before. So, if you haven’t, this one is for you!
The story of David and Goliath came about because of a battle that was happening between the Philistines (Goliath) and the Israelites (David). The Philistines did not like the Israelites and wanted them to become their slaves. David’s three older brothers (Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah) were a part of King Saul’s army. David’s father, Jesse, kept him back home and made him a shepherd. One day, Jesse sent David to the battlegrounds with food for his brothers, and asked for him to come home with a report on how everything was going. What ended up happening next is incredible.
When David arrived at the battle site, he sees a giant named Goliath. Goliath was 9’9” tall (1 Samuel 17:4 says he is 6 cubits and a span). Now, the Bible does not describe what David’s height is, but in comparison to Goliath, I am assuming he looks like a scrawny twig! Anyway, Goliath had been walking around and taunting the Israelites for 40 days. This began to make David curious, and he asked around to see who exactly Goliath was. David could sense the fear that the Israelites had concerning Goliath, and he volunteered to fight this giant all by himself.
King Saul was reluctant to allow David, a young man, to fight Goliath. However, he was able to persuade the King to allow him to fight (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Goliath mocked and taunted David, but David stood strong in his faith, and knew that God would help him win this battle. David was equipped with ONLY a simple sling and a few stones. Even though Goliath was covered head to toe with armor, David still managed to find a small opening and hit Goliath on the head! The stone actually sank into Goliath’s forehead, and he fell flat on his face! David then grabbed Goliath’s sword from his belt, and beheaded him. This young man was the victor! When facing the giants, remember, you can be victorious!
One of the most amazing parts of that story is the amount of faith that David had in God. He shows his strong faith by continuously sharing with Goliath that the Lord is on his side. In verse 45 of 1 Samuel 17, David says, “You come to me with sword and spears. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of All.” In verse 46 he says, “This day the Lord will give you into my hands”. Then, in verse 47, he tells Goliath that the battle is the Lord’s. David knew that as long as he had God on his side, he would be able to take on the biggest warrior and still come out a champion.
Now that we know the story of David and Goliath, I want to focus on some of the Goliath’s that we may face in our day to day lives. These Goliaths come in all colors, shapes, and forms.
Maybe your Goliath is a disagreement that you had with your spouse. Perhaps your Goliath is that you were just diagnosed with Cancer. It could even be low self-esteem, heartbreak, stress, or financial woes. In my mind, anything that is tearing us down is a Goliath. Satan is notorious for making us feel like a little shepherd boy, but let’s not forget that we to can slay Goliath if we just turn our eyes to Jesus.
Are you a single parent? Your battle is the Lord’s.
Did you just lose your job? Your battle is the Lord’s.
Is your child hanging out with the wrong crowd? Your battle is the Lord’s.
Are you seeing a theme?? It doesn’t matter what Giant you are facing. Your battle is already won for you. Jesus is victorious. He is always and will always be victorious.
Want even MORE assurance?
Let’s reread that last one… IN ALL THINGS. Not just a few things… not everything BUT your Goliath… ALL THINGS… In ALL THINGS, we are MORE than conquerors through him who loved us. That is incredible. That is amazing. That is victory.
Pick up your slingshot ya’ll. You got this.
This article about David and Goliath was written by Brittany Zimmerman. Brittany is the founder of Love Life Ministries and focuses on helping women cope with everyday circumstances. By sharing God’s word Brittany helps you see your problems and how God can heal your souls through His word!
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