Defeating Goliath: It’s A God Thing
There are many times in our lives when we face what seems like a huge problem – and we feel tiny in comparison. “But how can I ever overcome this?” we ask. “How can I ever get through this?”
You all know one of my biggest issues is worry – and I am a champion worrier. Give me a problem, big or little, and I can worry about it like no one else.
This week, I’ve been at it again – and lo and behold, it isn’t helping the issue at hand.
What I fail to remember so often, as many of us do, is that the Lord is greater than any problem. He’s got it in his hand, he is in charge and he certainly knows what he is doing. My worrying is doing nothing but giving me stress, and I am failing to rest in the comfort of peace.
I’ve been thinking about one person in particular who didn’t worry when faced with a challenge so much bigger than he was – but rather, he said, “God’s got this.”
I’m sure most of us have heard the story about David and Goliath. If you haven’t, it’s about a young man who is put up against a gigantic warrior with only a sling-shot. Somehow, David wins the encounter and finds himself the celebrated hero of the day.
The story unfolds in 1 Samuel 17, and David enters the fray after being sent out by his father to deliver food to his brothers who are involved in the battle. David sees the great Goliath, and challenges him. Goliath, looking down at the ruddy youth, can’t believe his eyes and cannot understand how someone so small and equipped with so little could ever hope to prevail.
Yet, despite the odds, David does prevail.
Friends, I have to tell you, there are many days where I feel like I’m facing Goliath, but I’m not nearly as confident as David. I’m standing there with my slingshot looking up at the terrifying giant wondering how I could ever win.
I can only hope and pray that some day I will be as confident as David when he said, “For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
We hear this story about David, and we think that it’s just a story about an underdog coming out on top. Really, it’s not about David at all. It’s about God using something that seems inferior to conquer what has the Israelites quaking in their sandals. All David did in the situation was believe – and God took care of the rest.
If God wants to use you and me to defeat the giant, he will and nothing can stop him.
So often, I find myself trying to pull the authority and responsibility away from my Heavenly Father, as if I could actually accomplish anything. I think that by worrying, or by excessively planning or hashing and rehashing a problem, I can win the battle myself. If David had done that, he surely would have failed because he was not believing the God was bigger than the Philistine that stood before him.
We are all inadequate to face the troubles of life alone. We just don’t have it in us – but, as we see in David’s story and throughout the Bible, we can face them and be victorious with God.
Looking at the life of Paul, who penned many many books of the Bible, we see that suffering and trials still occur, but victory is achieved through faith in the Lord. We can come through any circumstances in our lives as long as we are following Christ.
“In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” Paul writes in Philippians 4:13.
Friends, if you, too, are feeling like you are facing Goliath, just remember that it’s not about you – it’s about God. He’s got your back, and it will be ok.
Just pick up that stone, fit it in your slingshot and have faith. God’s a sureshot and he never misses.