David and Goliath
We all know the story of David and Goliath. How David stood before the giant and defeated him with one small stone flung from his sling. It is the ultimate story of the underdog defeating the favored. Everyone loves those kinds of stories. Where the little guy goes up against the big bully and not only overcomes the bully but he also makes sure the bully never bothers anyone else again. We see it played over and over again in the movies. Movies like Star Wars (the original trilogy), Lord of the Rings and Miracle are about overcoming impossible odds. Somehow, someway the underdog is able to overcome the enemy and stand victorious.
David defeated the mighty giant with one small stone. He didn’t carry a sword or a big spear to attack Goliath. He didn’t hide behind a shield or wear a suit of armor for protection. He faced the giant with courage and conviction. He knew God was with him the whole time as we see in the following verses.
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” – 1 Samuel 17:46-47
We see that David wasn’t afraid of Goliath because he had complete faith in God. He knew God would be with him in battle no matter the odds. It didn’t matter how big and strong and fearful Goliath was because David knew God had already won the battle for him. He knew God had already given him the ability to defeat the giant. He didn’t need fancy weapons or a legion of soldiers standing next to him. He already had what he needed, he had faith.
Faith To Overcome Giants
Faith can slay the giants in our lives. When Goliath threatened King Saul and his army, they were afraid. No one wanted to stand up to the mighty giant. They didn’t have faith like David did. They knew they couldn’t defeat Goliath. David also knew he couldn’t win without God. He knew God would stand with him. Faith can move mountains and give us the strength to face the giants in our lives. When we are faced with hardship do we cower in fear like King Saul and his army and wait for someone else to come along to take on the big bully? We should be like David and face hardship with faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. For he has given us all we need to overcome our enemies. We need to have faith in Jesus.
Whether it is sin in our lives that we can seem to overcome or difficult coworkers who make life burdensome we have all we need if we just have faith in Jesus. Whether it’s an addiction we are trying to overcome or we are struggling in our relationship with a loved one, Jesus gives us the strength we need to slay the giants in our lives. He says so in the gospel of Matthew.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29-30
So let us have faith like David to face the monsters in our lives. Just as God walked with David in battle, he also will walk with us if we just put our complete faith in him. David didn’t boast in his own abilities and skills. He gave all the glory to God and God blessed him for it. If we put our faith in him, he will always be with us never leaving our side. He has already given us the ability to conquer the giants in our lives if we just have faith.