Thursday, November 19, 2015

Slaying Giants

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

To this day, the story of David and Goliath is one of my all-time favorites. Even non-believers use it as an example of the underdog that faces an invincible champion. Imagine the scene with me. The Elah Valley winds its way between a small mountain range. Don’t think of these mountains like the Himalayas, rather like rolling hills, many of them under a thousand feet in elevation. 

Two armies were camped atop a hill and each day, the champion of one army (the Philistines) stood in the valley to challenge a champion from the other army (the Israelites). 

Not one of the Israelis was willing to face Goliath, the nine and a half feet tall Philistine champion, until a young lad, a shepherd boy named David, came to the camp. My imagination runs wild here. I see all the Israelites shaking in their boots, or should I say, their sandals. One soldier may have shouted, “He’s too big for us to hit.” When David saw his size, he yelled back, “He’s too big for me to miss!”

Armed with a slingshot as his only weapon, he faced the giant, killed him with a single shot of a well placed stone, and that day became a hero that is remembered to this day. 

Facing giants and overcoming them depends on your point of view. One can walk in doubt, asking, “Can God do this?” Or one can walk in faith and proclaim, “God will surely do this!” 

Are you facing a “goliath” at the moment? Have faith, dear friend. With God’s help, your giant is just a stone’s throw from defeat.

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (The MESSAGE Paraphrase)

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