“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:29, 37 NIV
Passage Reading – 1 Samuel 17:26-37
Have you ever been to a Little League baseball game? What about a Pee Wee football game? Don’t you just love them?! I have three sons. I remember going through what seemed endless weeks of practices and then two games a piece during the week and one game each on the weekends. Oh, those were the days. Our youngest is six years old so we know that this lull will pass.
My favorite part of the games was watching the smallest player on the team. He was the most determined, the most dedicated player because, you see, everyone knew his size, but he knew his determination. He knew the power that he possessed in that miniature frame. Others might tell him he couldn’t make that tackle, or hit a homerun, but his daddy had said that he was the mighty mite; the “David” on a “Goliath” field.
Has anyone ever told you that you did not measure up? Have you ever been made to feel less than adequate? Have you ever faced a giant situation that seemed insurmountable? No doubt these are the thoughts that ran rapid through the minds of David’s brothers when he stepped up to fight Goliath. “You’re just a kid! Go back home and take care of the flock!”
David knew the power that he possessed in Jesus. He knew that on his own and in his own power, this situation could not turn out favorably for him. But David did not rest in his own strength. He relied on the authoritative power of God; and so should we.
When others scoffed at him for taking a stand, David did not let that deter him; neither should we. When David’s shortcomings were pointed out to him he did not let that discourage him; neither should we. When a giant was in David’s path, he did not abandon and run; neither should we.
Our God is so good. He is so able. Our God is so prevailing and He is always on the side of good. Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Isaiah reminds us in Isaiah 54:17 that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper.” These are the promises of our God to us. When we are facing battles and giants in our life, isn’t it good to know who is on our side?!
I want to encourage you to stand up to whatever may be coming at you in your life. Perhaps you are facing a nine foot giant of your own and cannot even find a slingshot! Take heart, my dear friend and claim Philippians 4:13 for yourself, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
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