Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4 (additional reading: Psalm 111:1-10 and Proverbs 15:11)
Today’s reading is probably one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Everyone, churched or non-churched knows about David and Goliath.
Goliath towers above everyone else. He was nine feet, nine inches tall, wearing 125 pounds of armour. David, on the other hand, is a small shepherd’s boy. What chance did David have against his giant? Well, clearly better odds perhaps than you give him or yourself against yours.
We all face giants in life. Likely your Goliath doesn’t carry sword or shield; but instead waves his blades of unemployment, abandonment, sexual abuse, loneliness or depression. Your giant doesn’t shout from the other side of the mountain but taunts you in your office, your bedroom, your classroom. He reminds the bills you can’t pay, the grades you can’t make, the people you are letting down, the ‘quick-drink’ you can’t resist, the pornography you can’t refuse, a job you can’t escape, the past you can’t shake, and the future you can’t face.
David saw and heard his giant, but he also hears more. David’s first discussion, although it was about Goliath, was on the Lord. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he defies the armies of the living God?” (1Sam. 17:26) David shows up discussing God.
It is not that David ignores the problem look carefully at David’s battle cry: “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel” (1Sam. 17:45) David see the might of the Goliath, but David recognises it falls into the shadows compared to the strength of God.
It is time for us to try and live this way. To see God for who He is and not magnify our giant.
- What giants are you facing in life?
- How can you be reminded of God’s might and power?
Father, Thank You that You are all-powerful. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You and not on the giants that we face in life. Thank You that in You we can overcome the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen