I have been thinking about David and Goliath this week. I pondered the story, and read from 1 Samuel 17. This has been a story that was told over and over in my home. I come from a lineage of those “short in stature” and so we all love the story of the small beating the mighty.
I can only imagine the conversation that commenced between young David and Saul. David was young, without experience in combat, and certainly small in stature. Saul thought there was no way David could go forth and fight this giant. Yet, here we find David’s response:
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
David said moreover, the Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
I do not know what goliaths you are facing. You do not know mine. But, I do know that we all face giants in our lives that seem overwhelming. There are moments when fear and despair seem devastating. I know it because I have experienced it at certain points in my life. I know it because I see it frequently in those that I love, care about, and interact with.
These are the giants that take our breath away and challenge our faith.
But, young David can teach me a very valuable lesson. Perhaps, as I prepare for battle, I have been focusing too much on my giants. Perhaps, as I focus on my giant’s weaponry, his fury, his armor, and his strength, I am forgetting something. As we go forward to fight our giants, these words can bring us strength.
Thou cometh to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand…
Instead of focusing on my giants, I need to focus on Him.
I talked with a friend recently who is battling a giant of her very own. I pray for her today. I hope you will join me in praying for someone you care about today. Choose someone who is fighting a battle. You may not see their giants or even understand, but each of us has at least one person that can use a prayer today. Maybe that someone is you.
We all can use a prayer as we face our giants.