15 May 2018
Are We Giant Slayers?
“Focus on giants – you stumble. Focus on God – your giants tumble” (Max Lucado).
What made David, a mere shepherd boy, different from the king and from the Israelite army? Reading the passage carefully we find the answer. King Saul and his army were focused on Goliath. David, on the other hand, was totally focused on God.
In 1 Samuel 17:26-38, he says:
“…Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?…The Lord who has rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of the Philistine.”
David had seen God’s faithfulness and victory in his own life. His experience as a shepherd defending the sheep, relying on God, caused him to trust in God as a mighty deliverer. This gave him confidence to confront his family and King Saul, telling them God would defeat Goliath and deliver Israel.
Recently, I have been challenged in relation to where my focus lies. It is so easy to worry about problems and feel demoralised by weakness. But our focus should always be on God and His ability. What would happen if I spent more time focusing on God’s character, strength and provision rather than on my problems? I am sure that I would start to radiate God’s peace, presence and victory.
There is a legend that says the place where Christ was crucified at Golgotha is the very spot where David slayed Goliath. Christ’s victory on the cross is where we will find our ability to be giant-slayers as we rely on Jesus and trust Him to put our enemies under His feet.
Pause and reflect: “Lord, I have a Goliath in my life. Help me conqueror it. Please give me a God-saturated soul with my focus always on You, lord Jesus. Amen.”