Chapter-a-Day: 1 Samuel 17

florence-2428745_1920.jpg1 Samuel 17

The account of David’s victory of Goliath is often viewed as the success of a youthful, exuberant, and clever man over a lumbering, boastful oaf. But viewing it that way misses the key point and the point that is most applicable for us today: The battle belongs to the Lord.

David understood that this was not a battle between him and a giant – but between His God and the powers of unbelief. The Israelites fled in fear because they saw only their strength, but were blind to the God who would fight the battle for them.

I’ve fallen into that trap before. I’ve believed that the task before me was too great, the road too hard, the burden too much. But if the path is the one God has set before me, He will carry me when I can’t take another step. He will fight the giants in my path. He has already defeated death and hell, so whatever adversary I face is certainly no match for Him.

So how do we overcome fear and trust God in these battles we face? David first focused on God’s faithfulness in the past – as God had delivered him from the lion and the bear, he trusted God to deliver him in this situation. Before stepping in to battle, spend some time revisiting the work God has done in your life in the past. Wherever you are in your walk with the Lord, you should be able to see His fingerprints on your life.

Next, David refused to put his trust in the world’s wisdom. Saul offered his armor – not a bad gift for someone headed into battle. But David recognized that to don the armor would be to put his faith in that to save him, rather than in God. This doesn’t mean we should forego seatbelts or football helmets, but our whole dependence needs to be on the Lord to provide.

Once he committed to the battle, he was all in. David ran toward the battle line and acted quickly and decisively. Too often, I want to take tentative steps toward the fray instead of acting boldly in faith.

What battles are you facing? What giant looms on your horizon, taunting you and mocking what God has done in your life?

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