Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down…” I Samuel 17: 44-46a (ESV)
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But the victory belongs to the Lord. Proverbs 21: 31 (NASB)
Facing any giants in your life?
Something in front of you, or within you, that you keep fighting day-after-day and can’t get beyond.
No resolution. No victory. No peace.
It has you by the throat. And no matter how hard you try, or people you ask, or time that passes—you can’t move beyond its grasp.
Temptations. Decisions. Broken dreams—still picking up the pieces. Failures. Expectations missed. Relationships. Emptiness. Loneliness. Feeling less than you know you should. Uncertainty as to the next steps in the days ahead.
I suspect we all may have battled something that got the best of us.
Maybe we’re there now or will be there battling something bigger than we ourselves can handle—day-after-day, skirmish-after-skirmish—which seems to be winning the battle.
But don’t beat yourself up too badly if you find yourself there too often.
Even Solomon didn’t believe or claim the power of God to trust Him with his battles until the end of his life. Even with all the accolades we heap on Solomon, he never realized the life he could, and should, have lived with God in the lead fighting the giants in his life.
But he finally got there, at the end of his life, and was inspired by God to write—
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But the victory belongs to the Lord.”
The Lord is all we need. And He is there.
Maybe it would help us to deal with all the giants in our lives if we looked at and took a lesson from David.
In stature, David was the smallest son of the sons of Jesse, yet there he stood, facing the nine-foot giant Goliath, with everyone surely wondering if he was crazy.
Everyone that is, except David and the one David knew would be fighting the battle for him.
So, there he stood, looking up at that mass of humanity in front of him, with everyone else standing by shaking in their boots, and he boldly stated to the giant—
“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…”
Committed or crazy.
Believer or bereft of reason.
Unshakeable or unhinged.
Faithful or fearful.
Clearly, we know which, and we know why—David believed the battle was not his alone—he knew God was there, and God had it in hand.
In God’s power, David believed Goliath would fall.
And in God’s power, whatever we face, whatever seems to have us by the throat, whatever seems to be winning skirmish-after-skirmish in our lives will fall as well.
No matter what you’re dealing with, just tell the giant—God’s got it!
Your battle is His. Give it to God.
In His Name–Scott