1 Samuel 17:32: "Then David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
This is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible where David went up against the giant Goliath. This is also a story that the Lord included in the scripture to encourage you and me. In I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
May I ask do you feel like you are facing giants in your life? Because if you are then there are several things that we can learn from the life of David.
First, I want to notice David’s faith, David said let no man’s heart fail because of him. The Bible tells us that if we are going to accomplish anything in the Kingdom of God then we must do what Hebrews 11:6 tells us to do. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Our overall trust must be in Him and not in man nor his methods. Rom. 1:17 says “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." It is not faith in faith that some have but it is Faith in Jesus Christ”. Sometimes people will have a battle with going to the doctor and question as to whether or not they are trusting in the Lord when they go. I would tell anyone the main thing is to read Matthew 6:33 “seek first the Kingdom of God” so when I am facing a giant the first thing is to trust the Lord with all my heart and then if I need to go to the doctor I go.
David with all his faith and yet there were others that tried to discourage him. Yes Goliath did, “he cursed David”. But even those that were on David’s side, Saul said in I Sam. 17:33 And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth."
David’s faith started before he came to face Goliath, for verses 34-37 David tells about how he had been keeping his father’s sheep and had to fight a bear and a lion. I wish I could convince people that what you are doing today is building up equity for tomorrow. How you live today will effect whether or not you will stand tomorrow. Many times I have been confronted by folks who are going through an unbelievable time and ready to give up. Then you look at how they lived their life. They had no time for God, church was seen as something they had to go to, almost a nuisance, and when the storms came they were not ready. If you will trust God in the Sunshine He will walk with you in the storms.
There will also be times when you are facing a giant that people will suggest other methods other than trusting in the Lord. Saul suggested that David take his armor. When David stood up he couldn’t walk thus he discarded it. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thy on understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.(Prov. 3:5-6) I want to get the Lord involved on the front end and therefore I know what ever happens He is in control.
What we see in this story is that when you are faced with a giant if you will have faith and trust the Lord then you to will be able to defeat your giants. David took a rock and rolled the giant Goliath, David rocked him and he rolled and no that is not where rock and roll started.
Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor that realizes he is to weak and does not have the strength nor intelligence to run things on his own—I must turn them over to my Lord Jesus.
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