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August 16, 2023 3:30 am
Facing Our Giants
Before the famous altercation with Goliath, when David expressed anger at the blasphemous giant, one of his embarrassed older brothers who camped at the battle scene furiously derided him. But King Saul heard about David, and astonishingly, the king allowed the teenager to fight Goliath. Saul even put his tunic and armor on him. Saul was tall, but David wasn’t, and the king’s armor didn’t fit. Struggling to function in the ill-fitting battle garb, David removed it and faced Goliath his way—depending upon God’s might. David recognized he couldn’t succeed while wearing something that didn’t fit him.
How many try to “conquer a Goliath” while wearing something that doesn’t fit? The conditions of our loved ones serve as formidable giants to us, and we can’t fight them while trying to be, do, and act like something that doesn’t fit us.
David faced Goliath with his familiar sling—and his even more familiar trust in God’s abilities. While not a trained soldier, David’s love and trust provided the courage to face a giant.
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.” —1 Samuel 17:47 niv