Facing My Giant

Wendy Pope

Day: 17 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17

1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV) “‘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.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you.’”

Most days we don’t wake up expecting to face a giant, but let’s face it, planned or not there are days as we drink our morning cup of coffee, and confidently turn to face the day, we happen upon the unexpected.

This is where we meet David. Jesse instructs David to take food to his brothers who were fighting in Saul’s army.  As he approaches his siblings he overhears the men talking about the Philistine named Goliath who constantly harassed Saul’s army. Despite the promise of Saul’s daughter in marriage and a tax-free life for the family of the man who took the Philistine down, no one came forward to fight Goliath.

David could not idly stand by while a Philistine insulted the Lord’s army. That day, the young shepherd had simply obeyed his father’s instructions and happened upon the unexpected. He didn’t plan to stand in the center of the Valley of Elah, making a declaration of war against a nine-foot Philistine.

Our shepherd boy boldly stands before King Saul and says, "I can take this guy.” With no military experience, armor or weapons, he gathers some stones for his pouch and heads for the battlefield. Wow! What confidence!

Here’s the secret to David’s success. David’s confidence was in God, not himself. He believed God for the victory. There was no need for a military map or to draw a battle plan. He trusted that God would give him the victory no matter what the odds against him were.

Oh, how much easier life would be if we adopt David's battle philosophy. We often get caught up in our humanness and try to fight life’s battles in our strength. In this passage, we see several truths about how to approach a giant.

  • David gave God the victory before he ever went to the battlefield. He had experienced the power of God in the pastures as he killed bears and lions. Therefore, he could assuredly reason with Saul, “God gave me victory then; he will give me victory now.” We can have confidence in our future success based on God’s past success.

  • David knew the victory was to bring God the glory. He didn’t have a personal agenda or want to make a name for himself. Danger comes when we try to steal the glory of the Lord for ourself.

  • David ran toward the battle with his own weaponry. Our confidence and competence comes from the Lord. He will equip us to face our giant. All we have to do is offer what we have to Him and watch Him work.

Are you facing a giant in your own Valley of Elah? In a prayer to the Lord of heaven's armies, fill in the blanks of today's key verse:

"The LORD who rescued me from __________________  and ____________________ will rescue me from ____________________."

This is your victory song. Sing it loud!

Prayer: I stand in my Valley of Elah and declare victory in Your name! Previously, I have depended on my own strength and on devices. Today is different. Today, I confidently tuck my pebbles in my pouch and believe You for victory. Forgive me for the times I have faced my giants in fear rather than faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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