I Samuel 17:37, 45-46: “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… David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty… whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands.”
Did you know that the first “Yo Mama” joke was found by researchers on a stone tablet dating back 3,500 years to the ancient Babylonians? Shakespeare himself penned the one most widely published in history! And since the 1990’s maternal insults are forever memorialized on TV, in music videos, movies, and now memes. Why are they offensive? Because they target those who brought us into this life. Similarly, but for a far greater purpose, David took umbrage when he heard Goliath mocking the Creator of life. He refused to stand back while this godless giant trashed talked the name of God. Therefore, with great courage he said, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty”! You see, coming in the name of the Almighty means to act with His power, presence, and authority. David’s passion for God outweighed his fear, thus he stepped forward in faith to do what others were too afraid to do.
David had three character qualities in particular that helped lead him to victory. First, he had a great spiritual perspective. The Israelites saw Goliath from a human perspective, but David didn’t. He knew no mortal could match God’s power. He also had great practical faith. He hadn’t just killed a lion and bear to defend himself—he pursued them and fought to rescue his sheep. Thus he said, “Goliath, lion, or bear I don’t care!” Why? Because, God’s deliverance in the past is always an assurance of His deliverance in the future. And finally, he was more focused on God’s glory than his own victory. He didn’t fight the 9’9”ft Behemoth to become a national hero—he did it to display God’s sovereignty. So, the next time you’re facing some seemingly insurmountable giant, realize that what God did for David He’s also willing to do for you!
Father God, today I seek to bring glory to Your name. Help me to pursue Your will before my own, and to not grow complacent in doing what’s right. I praise You in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Be inspired by David’s faith, courage, and passion for God by reading I Samuel 17:1-54. Then, journal what stands out to you for future reference.
Romans 8:36-37, "As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
David had not yet even had the opportunity to explore his giftedness in battle. He was a teenage shepherd! Yet, upon discovery of this formidable giant terrorizing the entire Israelite army, he did what no one else was willing to do—he said, "I've got this!" Was it because of his extensive combat training? No! It wasn't about his preparation—it was about where God had positioned him to be! As a shepherd, he had fended off vicious predators such as lions and bears. Was he able to face the giant with the latest and greatest tactical equipment? No, but he knew God was with him, and had prepared him in the wilderness for future battle. So regardless of how ridiculous he might have initially appeared before Goliath with simply a leather strap and a stone, he was positioned and commissioned by the Almighty God to win.
Like David, God has been preparing us to conquer various giants throughout our lives. And He never wastes any chance to refine our skillset for what we will later accomplish. Even the dullest, most mundane tasks will benefit us in the future. Only God knows what we'll face—but due to His overwhelming love and grace, we can trust in Him to equip us for what's ahead. He has positioned us exactly where He wants us to move forward in faith to do amazing things. Remember, even the impossible is possible through Christ who gives us strength! Right now, God is saying to us, "You've got this!"
Father God, thank You for working through all things for my benefit. I trust in You always to equip me with the proper ability to conquer each new giant. Use me to do great things for Your kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Equip yourself for battle with the word of God. Commit Isaiah 41:10 to memory. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Joshua 2:21, “Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.”
Rahab was living in a sin-stained world. She had made moral fumble after moral fumble. But when the providence of God pursued her and the evidence of God persuaded her, she turned her life over to Him and experienced something that God wants us all to experience – a confidence that can only be fueled by Him. When we allow the providence of God to overwhelm us and the evidence of God to persuade us, we begin to live with confidence like never before.
Have you experienced the providence and evidence of God in your life? If so, you have His power on tap in your life! As you look at your day today, remember that no matter what yesterday held for you, you can turn it all around by giving it all to God. And you can walk boldly through today with a confidence that can only be defined as a God thing.
Thank God for giving you the power to walk confidently through today. Look for ways that you can share that confidence with others around you.
Whenever you face a moment of fear or doubt or uncertainty today, remember the step of boldness and confidence Rahab took. And look for ways to make that kind of statement in your own life.