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What to do when a Goliath is in our path

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1 Samuel 17-18

Luke 15:1-10

What to do when a Goliath is in our path

All of us face a Goliath at some point in our lives – a giant sized problem that is overwhelming and beyond our capabilities to fight. We could certainly call COVID19 a giant sized problem. In fact, its a worldwide sized problem. But there are also giant-sized problems that come in the way of finances, taxes, health crises, children with behavior problems, job loss, natural disasters, home or auto repairs, education decisions, abuse, racism, crime, war, and the list could go on and on.

What do we do with our Goliaths?

What do we do with the Goliaths that come into our lives, upsetting the way we live? Do we worry or even panic? Do we become angry, and bitter? If so, this demonstrates a lack of trust in God and we can see in the Biblical account of David and Goliath that Israel lacked trust in God when their giant stood before them.

In fact, the Israelite army was so intimidated by Goliath that you could have probably heard their armor pieces clanking together as they quivered in their boots. King Saul even offered his daughter in marriage and riches galore to anyone who could kill Goliath. But no one was found brave enough to go up against Goliath. What made Goliath such a scary person?

Meet Goliath, the most famous giant of all

According to the Bible, Goliath was 9 feet, 9 inches tall. Just his armor alone weighed 125 pounds. The iron point of his spear weighed 15 pounds and he had someone that walked before him, carrying a shield. He was a giant bully that taunted the Israelites to the point that they lost courage and were terrified. Now I am not quite 5.5 feet tall and my husband is just over 6 feet tall – can you image someone almost 10 feet tall? That would be like me standing on Brian’s shoulders and the two of us together would almost equal how tall Goliath was.

Now look again at how much his armor and gear weighed. He wasn’t a scrawny 9 feet, 9 inches tall – he would be more like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at 9 feet, 9 inches or Chris Hemsworth at 9 feet, 9 inches tall. He was all muscle to carry that kind of weight around and still be able to use it all in battle. So to give the Israelites some credit, I’d be shaken in my battle armor too if that’s what I had to go fight against. Understandably, not one of the seasoned soldiers from Israel wanted to go up against this giant.

I will fight Goliath!

In all of Israel, there was only one person that said, “I will do it.”  It was a small shepherd boy, named David who showed an unwavering faith in God. What was the difference between David and the Israelite army? The Israelite army only saw the power and strength of Goliath – David only saw the power and strength of God. To David, God’s honor was at stake and he was willing to stand up for God.

The Israelite army only saw the power and strength of Goliath – David only saw the power and strength of God. — Click to tweet

Fear and doubt creeps in when we take our eyes off God and only see the Goliath in front of us

The question we must each ask ourselves is: “When a Goliath is in our path do we focus on the giant and quiver in fear or do we focus on God and stand strong in faith?” When we take our eyes off God and begin to focus on the giant in our lives, we become terrified, just like the Israelite army. We begin to doubt if God will come through and defeat the giant for us. We begin to wonder if God is listening to our prayers. Or we wonder where God is and why isn’t He doing something!

But when we take our eyes of the giant and let them rest on God, then He gently reminds us that He holds us in the palm of His hand and He tells us our name is inscribed on His palm. His Holy Spirit whispers across our heart that God is working in ways we could never know and even when we don’t understand, we can rest in his everlasting and faithful love.  

Renew your faith and trust God to take care of your Goliaths

Dear fellow Christian soldier, renew your faith! Turn your eyes to focus on God, because with God, anything is possible – even killing a giant with one small stone and sling. That’s all it took for David to kill Goliath. And for COVID19, keep praying for God’s healing for who is sick and for Him to remove this virus from existence. Keep your faith and focus on God – not on the giant. Allow God to have the glory over your giant. Go ahead and cast all your cares on Him – and leave them there – because God cares about you and every little (or big) detail of your life. (1 Peter 5:7)

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