29 Aug 3 Ways to Slay the Giants in Your Life | A Lesson from David
You look at the story of David and Goliath and you long for that kind of victory in your own life. You want to overcome your giants the way David did, but instead you feel defeated day after day. Here are three ways to be a David and slay the giants in your life…
This week I’m sharing from my study of 1 Samuel 17.
David and Goliath is a story we may all be familiar with, but a few things stuck out to me when I was reading it this time.
USE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU
Saul dressed David in his own tunic, he put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them…so he took them off.
Then he took HIS staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of HIS shepherd’s bag, and with HIS sling in HIS hand, approached the Philistine.
What if the story was different? What if David used all the huge military weapons that the Israelite army had available? Then some of the glory would have gone to those weapons. God likes to use the unqualified because then HE gets the glory that He (and He alone) is due.
You think that your inadequacies disqualify you from doing big things for God, but it’s your weaknesses that actually QUALIFY you for what He’s called you do to.
KEEP YOUR FOCUS
Everyone else was looking at the problem. 1 Samuel 17:25 “Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out?” That’s all they were looking at!
When David went to meet Goliath, Goliath even had a shield bearer in front of him. The shield bearer was likely bigger than David. It was something else that could be a distraction.
But David was not deterred. Why wasn’t he? Because he wasn’t looking at the shield bearer, he wasn’t even looking at Goliath, David was looking to the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 says, “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…for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give all of you into our hands.”
When you face Goliaths in your life, keep your focus. The battle isn’t yours, it’s HIS.
RUN TO THE BATTLE
1 Samuel 17:48 says, “As Goliath moved closer, David RAN quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” We know what comes next: David reached in his bag, threw the stone and killed the giant.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran away. THEN do you know what the men of Israel did? (You know the ones, they were the men that had been scared to death just a few moments before?) The Bible says that they surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines.
When you look to the Lord and use what He’s given you, you are able to act with courage and RUN towards the battle line. And don’t be mistaken, that courage will create courage in others.