Towards the beginning of Chapter 11, we hear one of the most beloved Sunday School stories that children learn early on – David and Goliath. However, most children’s books skip out on the gory details at the end that “the stone sank into his forehead” and David “cut off his head.” I assume that you’ve heard this story before. It’s a story that has often even reached the ranks of popular culture through tv and movies. Usually, the application gets watered down and “Goliath” becomes simply another name for something big you face. However, that’s not a bad application.
So, I ask you today – what is the “Goliath” in your life right now?
The Israelites would not go and fight this giant who taunted them. No one would do it. They were afraid, and he taunted them in their fear. In popular culture (without God), you would be encouraged to dig deep. To find the strength within yourself and to fight. Is this what the Israelites did? Not at all. The least expected thing happened.
A young man, not fit for battle, not dressed to go to war, offers to fight. Armed only with a sling and a stone, but most importantly, his faith in the LORD God Almighty. “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…'”
Your strength to overcome and persevere does not exist in your own power. It comes from God Almighty. What can you do, in your life, to cultivate this kind of faith in God like David had?
David has quite the journey to become king. By no means is it an easy process. It is heated. It is contentious. One thing keeps him grounded – his faith in the LORD God Almighty.
I pray that no matter what you face, you too will be grounded in knowing that this same God which gave the shepherd boy the ability to persevere is your God.
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