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Facing David was a fierce opponent.
Goliath was nine feet nine inches tall. He wore a coat of mail that weighed 125 pounds and carried a spear that weighed 15 pounds which is equivalent to the weight of an average storage cabinet. He was a champion of sorts for the Philistine army and behind him stood their armies.
Positioned in front of fierce Goliath and representing the Israelites, stood a young ruddy, shepherd boy who was too young to serve in the Israelite army.
Goliath’s height and weight was intimidating and so was his psychological warfare. Every day, morning and evening, Goliath would step forward challenging the Israelites. He said, “I defy the ranks of Israel, give me a man that we may fight together.” Goliath did this for forty days.
In life, we often face fierce opponents. They can be giants in the form of crises, a financial crisis perhaps, health crises or fears of the future that threatens us. They are those giants that haunt us, day and night. How can we find the courage to face our crises?
Let’s look at three life lessons we can learn from David who dared to face and conquer his giant.
David looked back at the past when God intervened in his life during a crisis. God delivered him from a lion and a bear. So David could confidently say that the God who delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear will deliver him from the hand of the Philistine. Because David looked back in confidence at God, he could look forward in confidence at the future.
Are there incidents in your life that God intervened in? Look back at those miracles. Even if there is none, there is still the Cross when God intervened in your life.
David looked up to God for his protection. Firstly, He was confident in the power of God. He acknowledged God as the “Lord of Hosts” or “God of the armies of Heaven”. Secondly, he was confident of the presence of God. He acknowledged God as the “God of the armies of Heaven” and the “God of the armies of Israel”. He was implying that the ‘God of the armies of Heaven” is the God who is present with the “God of the armies of Israel”. David trusted in the power of God and the presence of God.
David looks forward in faith that God will redeem him. He says, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands.” Firstly, through this chapter, we always find David speaking positively and confidently. Secondly, David had a plan. He chose five smooth stones and a sling. David came up with a plan using what he had and what he knew with the divine wisdom of God. Thirdly, David believed that the crises he faced and the answer he will receive is for the glory of God. Positivism, planning and purpose will help us to find courage when we are faced with a crisis.
In confidence in God, David runs forward to meet Goliath. He puts his hand in his small bag, takes out a stone and slinging the stone, he struck Goliath on his forehead, a perfect shot. The stone sunk into Goliath’s forehead and he fell on his face to the ground. The rest is history.
If you are facing a crisis today and struggling to find courage today, I encourage you to like David, look back to God’s intervention, look up to God’s protection and looked forward to God’s redemption.
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