In the Old Testament book of First Samuel we find the familiar story of David and Goliath.
It's a story most have heard in some form or another. A young teen-age boy takes on a giant with a sling and brings victory in a very serious situation for the nation of Israel. It is a great story that is referred to often when dealing with seemingly insurmountable odds. In this story, however, we find some very real things that apply to each of us at one time or another.
Everyone faces a giant from time to time, and it doesn't matter what our status in life may be. In the story from the Scriptures we see that the giant is confronting the king. He is confronting the captain of the army. He is also confronting a shepherd boy. We also see it doesn't matter how many are in the army, they still find themselves facing the giant. In our lives it happens the same way. Whether we seemingly have everything under control in our lives, whether we are rich or poor, single or married, old or young, it simply doesn't matter. None are exempt from facing giants.
Giants come in a variety of different forms. They can appear as sickness, as financial problems, they can take the form of problems in relationships, problems with stress, etc. But, one thing I know, they can be frightening when they step into our lives and let us know we can't go on with life as usual unless we deal with them. They are frightening because they are trying to affect our lives negatively by either keeping us from obtaining a goal or by trying to take away something we already have. They are also frightening because they appear large, strong and often unbeatable.
In the Bible story, the king and those in charge of beating this giant just sat back fretting over what to do. When he would show up they cringed in fear, and when he wasn't in sight they kept waiting for him to show himself again. They somewhat ignored him, hoping he would just go away, but knowing in their hearts that just wasn't going to happen. But David shows them, and us, that in order to defeat the giant you have to deal with the giant.
David was quite confident when he went into that battle. He had the king and those seasoned in battle a bit concerned, though, because he wasn't fighting this battle according to the rules of the day. He had no armor, no shield and no sword. All he had, or so it seemed, was a sling, a staff and five smooth stones. But his confidence was not in his ability, his confidence was in God. His dependence on God allowed him to fight the battle differently than his peers and he was able to approach the giant on different terms than the giant was dictating. He approached the battle with God's battle plan and confidence that he was not battling alone, God was with him.
God is still willing to get involved in our battles. He's willing to help us when we put our trust in Him, and He knows how to direct our lives during difficult times when we find ourselves battling giants. By calling on God for help we can learn what David learned. He expressed it his way in the 46th Psalm: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
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