Problems that seem larger than life.
Issues that we must wake up to every day.
Battles we must fight.
Difficult choices to make.
And what determines whether or not you will face defeat or have victory in the end?
It’s one thing really.
It’s not the size of your problem.
It’s not how strong you are.
It’s not the tools you have to fight with.
No, it’s none of those things.
It’s one thing alone: who is by your side and what you spent your life focusing on.
This is so clear in the story of David and Goliath.
There was really nothing special about David that made him be the hero in this story.
There was no logical reason that set him apart and made him rise above all of the Israelite soldiers who were trained for battle when all he was trained for was to watch after sheep.
The only difference between David and all of the soldiers from the army? Who he spent time with.
The Israelite soldiers woke up every morning and all they kept hearing was the relentless taunting of Goliath (1 Samuel 17: 8-11).
All they focused on was his size (1 Samuel 17: 8-11).
Day after day they woke up to his shouts.
Night after night they fell asleep with fear wondering when the end would come.
They compared themselves to his battle gear and to his size.
They listened to his demeaning words and they knew they couldn’t win this battle so they did nothing.
But David on the other hand spent his days watching after sheep.
Spent his nights dreaming, praying, and singing praises to God under the moonlight.
He learned to battle the bears and the lions that came his way with God’s help.
He was continually in the presence of God each night and day.
So when he came to visit his brothers and he saw Goliath, when he heard his taunting words, he didn’t waste any time in fear.
The size of this giant didn’t matter to him.
His words didn’t mean a single thing.
Because after spending time in God’s presence David knew who the real victor in this story would be.
He knew that he didn’t need special battle gear or weapons to fight (1 Samuel 17: 38-40).
Why? Because he understood that in the end, it wouldn’t be him fighting the battle, but God fighting that battle for him.
And we need to understand the same thing when it comes to the giants in our lives.
If we are constantly living in worry and fear because of the circumstances we are in and the issues we need to handle then we need to re-evaluate who we’re spending time with.
Do you wake up every morning to the taunts of the enemy who is constantly trying to discourage you? Tempt you? Bring you to defeat?
Or do you wake up every morning and praise Jesus as you sit at His feet?
Do you spend sleepless nights in constant fear wondering when the end will finally come?
Or do you fall asleep with peace in your heart knowing that God will fight every battle for you and that He is always near?
See the issue isn’t so much the giant that is in your life.
The issue isn’t whether you are qualified to fight or not, because honestly, you’re probably not.
No, the real issue behind the problem in your life is what you’re focusing on and who you’re spending time with.
Victory came for the Israelites not because Goliath went away.
Not because some brave soldier stepped up and decided to fight with his own abilities and weapons.
No, the victory came because a young shepherd boy spent enough time in God’s presence to know that defeat would be impossible when God was next to him.
And you can have victory in your life if you choose to do the same.
Your situation might not change just like Goliath never went away.
Your problems won’t magically disappear, BUT although your situation won’t change you can.
You can choose to stop staring your problems in the face and instead stare God in the face.
You can stop listening to the taunting voice of the enemy and start listening to the loving voice of God.
You can stop sizing up how big your problem is and start sizing up how big your God is.
You can stop thinking that you are fighting this battle on your own and start handing it over to God.
You can turn your defeat into victory, not by your own power, but by the power of God.
It’s up to you. Now the question is, what will you choose to do today?
I hope you choose to be like David instead of the Israelite soldiers.
I hope you choose to focus on the One that is bigger than any giant that is standing in your way.
I hope you choose to stop wresting with fear because you know that the One who can and will fight your every battle is by your side today.
Be blessed and don’t forget to hand all your problems over to God. He will help you defeat any giant in your life. -Anna… ♥
“…it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” – 1 Samuel 17:47