April 22, 2021
Life’s “Goliaths” come in all shapes, sizes, and intensities—such as an unhappy relationship, a rebellious child, a difficult job, a pile of debt, or an uncontrollable habit. But if we avail ourselves of God’s power, then we, like David, can ultimately gain victory over a seemingly insurmountable problem.
Notice that David declared victory over Goliath before the battle even began (1 Samuel 17:46). His confidence came from …
• Remembering times in the past when the Lord protected and strengthened him, such as moments when a lion or bear threatened his flock (1 Samuel 17:37). As he faced the fearsome giant, David wisely recalled how faithful God had always been.
• Strong convictions about the Lord and what He could do. David knew he had full access to his Father’s storehouses of power, courage, and wisdom.
• Practical habits that bolstered his faith. David had spent hours alone in the wilderness, listening to God’s voice. So he knew how to discern what the Lord was telling him to do.
I encourage you to try following David’s example. Keep a record of the Lord’s work in your life, and meditate on who He is. Then you, too, can be confident that God is sufficient, no matter how large the problem you’re facing.
Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 1-3
Welcome friends to YOUR BIBLE BOOST. I am Pastor Leonard Navarre. I am so happy you are joining us for this little boost from God’s Word. It is always my prayer that our few moments together will encourage but also challenge us to walk more faithfully with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you have any giants in your life? Maybe you are facing a giant of a decision today! Maybe it is a giant of financial pressure. Maybe a giant of a tough marriage. Problem children. Or maybe just the overall giant of our society and economy. Whatever the giant or giants in our lives may be, I am sure we all have them.
So what do we do? How can we handle those giants in our lives? In the Old Testament I Samuel 17 we find young David facing a real giant. You do remember the story don’t you? Little David verses the giant Goliath. Remember now that Goliath was the champion of the Philistines. He stood over 9 feet talk, wore body armor that weighed 125 pounds and just the end of his spear weighed 15 lbs. This was one huge bad guy.
But this story of David facing the giant Goliath gives us some principles of how we can face and fight the giants in our lives. Here’s a principles for the Bible about facing giants.
First, I Samuel 17:48 states that as Goliath approach David “quickly ran out to meet him the giant Goliath”. Friends, we will never conquer our fears, sins, problems, the giants in our lives by running away. Those giants will always be there just like Goliath taunting us, challenging us, badgering us, everyday. The only way that we can overcome and conquer the giants in our lives is to do as little David the shepherd boy did here in I Samuel 17. He quickly ran out and faced his giant. So friends, face the problem. Face your giant. Acknowledge it and address it.
Point number two in facing our giants! Notice in I Samuel 17 that little David didn’t give any thought to Goliath’s skill, armor, age, social status, or whether he was a captain or a private. David didn’t say anything about the weight of the armor or the size of the giant. Here’s what David did focus on…a real hint for us in facing our giants. Listen…
“Living God” vs 26
“Armies of the living God” vs 36
“The Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel” vs. 45
“The Lord will deliver you into my hand…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” vs 46
And then in verse 47…”the Lord does not save by sword and spear for the battle is the Lord’s”.
I count 9 references to the God thoughts of little David the shepherd boy as he faced his giant Goliath.
So, here’s point two in facing the giants in your life. Don’t focus on the giants…FOCUS ON GOD. The miracle of overcoming giants is to trust in the Lord…focus on God.
So here you go…in facing your giants. 1) step up and face the giant 2) Focus on God almighty. Here’s our Bible Boost for today…from Proverbs:
Pro 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understand. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
Pastor Leonard Navarre