October 06, 2020

Think for a moment about an intimidating situation that you have found yourself in. Maybe it was that you were called on when you didn't know the answer, or you were not paying attention. I've found myself in that position a time or two. Let's take it to the next level though. Have you ever had someone taunt you, and you felt hopeless to escape the situation?  

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is 1 Samuel 17. This chapter houses the classic story of David and Goliath. Many have heard how David slew Goliath of Gath, but we discover some pretty helpful life lessons on the way to the epic showdown.

[3] And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. [4] And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. [5] He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. [6] And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. [7] The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. [8] He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me.

When I read this passage, I am reminded that many challenges of life look like this. I've never faced off against a giant who was almost 10 feet tall. However, like you, I have faced some significant challenges and obstacles to exercise my faith. Everything about this enemy caused the Israelites to remain frozen. It's easy to forget that while Goliath was huge and mighty compared to the Israelite soldiers, he was nothing compared to God. It is interesting to consider the question Goliath poses to the servants of Saul, the King. "Why have you come out to draw up for battle?" It seems painfully apparent that the Israeli soldiers had no plan to fight, but they continued going to the battle field anyway. They were all dressed up but had no intention of actually doing battle. Today, you have all the spiritual armor that you need, but will you actually engage? Today, I pray that you will take heart and engage when you encounter the taunts of the enemy. You can be a champion, but you must conquer the fear of your heart before you engage. Trust the Lord and look to him for the power you need. 

Lord, when I feel afraid and defeated, remind me that the battle is yours. Help me see through the situation and see the Savior. Thank you for your presence and for the daily strength you give to me. -In Jesus Name Amen.


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