A Giant Problem

Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of Yahweh of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day will Yahweh deliver you into my hand; and I will strike you, and take your head from off you;' 1 Samuel 17:44 WEB

David walked out onto the battlefield alone, while the army of Israel cowered in fear behind him. Not one of them would face this giant of a man called Goliath, though he taunted the Israelite army twice a day for forty days (v.16). No one except a seventeen year old boy named David, who had been spending time alone with God in the field tending sheep. When David heard Goliath's words he said, 'Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?' (v.26) and then David went out to fight him.

Being that King Saul was head and shoulders taller than any of the people (1 Samuel 10:23), and the anointed king of Israel, he would have been the expected choice to battle Goliath. Saul would have probably won, but he didn't go, so instead we read about David. It had to a be a seriously one-sided looking fight to see a 17-year-old boy with a sling, walking out to fight a 9-foot tall giant of a man whose coat of armor alone weighed 126 pounds.

When David stepped out to meet him, Goliath began to hurl insults and curses at him. David declared, even prophesied, that God would deliver Goliath into his hand and that today he would cut off his head. Then David proceeded to do just what he said he would. David demonstrated faith in action and he later wrote: 'I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' (Psalms 56:11).

When the Lord gives you an opportunity, step out in faith. Say, 'The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?' (Hebrews 13:6). Don't look at your own abilities for He will give you more as they are needed. This is the path of promotion and you can do this. God is the One that has your back, but fear often guards the door that you have to go through. You only have to put one foot in front of the other one, take it one day at a time, and keep a positive attitude about it. Stay the course. Keep the fire burning. Trust God and don't give up.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for all that You have done for me. Please help me stand as a strong pillar for You. Teach me, tweak me, deliver me, lead me away from temptation and help me to overcome any obstacle in my path. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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