Most people are familiar with the story about David and Goliath, where the young shepherd boy actually killed the ruthless giant with a slingshot and a stone. What gave David the confidence to fight, and the ability to win?
David accomplished the unthinkable and he did it amidst the visual and audible noise of a mocking crowd. With little support, and no armor to protect him, David not only faced the vicious giant, but according to the Bible, he ran directly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. David ran in the direction of the roar, not away from it.
We frequently find ourselves running away from far less in life; the stress of a hard day at work, the disappointment of a poor grade at school, the overwhelming feeling of responsibility, financial pressure, the need to forgive, avoidance, fatigue, guilt. We habitually super-size our problems and let them mount like a wall of defeat before us. David was courageous, determined and secure. His giant did tower over him, yet he ran toward him with confidence.
The key to David’s confidence was in the preparation that he had prior to the battle. His God had trained him well. In order to protect the sheep in his care, he had to fight the lion and the bear, so David kept his weapons nearby.
What are you carrying that makes you ready to face a future enemy? Remind yourself of the victories that God has seen you through and don’t shy from problems. Pull out your bag of experience and run toward the roar. Knock it down and be built up in your most holy faith. With each triumph against a new giant, you will have increased confidence in the next victory.
Let those jingling stones in your pocket remind you of God’s provision. In the words of David, in 1 Samuel 17:37, “… The Lord who 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…”
1 Samuel 17:47 ESV And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands. When the Philistine came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine, sinking into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 9/23/2008 10:18PM