Goliath, the Philistine, stood six cubits and a span, or approximately nine feet tall. He was covered in hundreds of pounds of armor and he had a bad attitude. For forty days he came forward every morning and evening to take his stand, terrifying the Israelites.
David, a mere youth, was sent by his father to the battle lines to deliver food and check on his older brothers. He witnessed Goliath in action and began to question “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Once David gained knowledge of what was happening he said to Saul: “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
Saul doubted David’s abilities. He explained to David that he was only a young man and that Goliath had been a warrior since his youth. David, putting his confidence in the Lord, replied that he had fought lions and bears while protecting his sheep and said: “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
So, Saul allowed David to prepare for battle. He tried to give David armor but David refused it, gathering only five smooth stones and a sling.
He then went out IN FAITH to face his giant.
Goliath confronted him and David said: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
He then took one stone and with his sling, defeated that giant!
Occasionally, we’re all faced with a giant; whether it be fear, health concerns, financial concerns or other things that stand in our face, mock us, and at the hand of the enemy, try to defeat us. No matter what the circumstance that ‘giant’ might be, we too can defeat it IF we attack in faith and rely on the Lord.
The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy. That means he’ll try to defeat you in any way he can. He’ll put those giants in front of you to try and make you lose sight of God’s will in your life. That’s when you have to rebuke the attack and say:
“I COME AGAINST YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD ALMIGHTY!”
Stand firm in your faith and remember that the ‘giant’ can be defeated by the Lord. Pray for strength, courage, and wisdom as you prepare for battle, then go in faith and confidence in the Lord to slay your giant!
Like David, God has rescued us so many times from the ‘paw’ of the enemy. When you look at future battles, remembering how many He’s already won for you, it should give you a new found strength in the fight and make it possible for you to continually say “thy will be done, Lord.” Trust Him.
I pray that you always rely on the Lord in every matter and in His name, slay every giant you face. In Him, you are more than a conqueror!
1 Samuel 17 – the account of David and Goliath
Psalm 27:1 Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.