David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 1 Samuel 17:32-33; NIV
It’s time we finally face our fears. It’s time we stare those giants directly in the eyes and shout, “We are not afraid!” This week has been all about triumphing over fears—the fear of dying, my personal fear of bugs—keeping the faith and trusting in God’s promise that victory is ours, no matter how fierce the foe.
What is something that you are afraid of? Maybe you’re not necessarily afraid of it, but this particular test has caused you to doubt yourself. You are not as confident in your walk with Christ as you once were. You once had a steadfast prance, but now it’s a wobbly gait. You thought you received God’s calling over your life, but now you’re not so sure. You wonder if it was even God you heard at all, or if the devil has been playing mind games on you.
You meet a giant named Goliath, and he intimidates you. You’re a mere child in comparison. You fear he is more capable of doing your assignment than you. He’s more articulate than you. He presents better arguments. Others admire him for his anointing. He knows the Bible front to back while it still takes you a little extra time to find the verse you’re after. He can ramble off a quick prayer, speaking in tongues a mile a minute, while you still struggle to find the right words in your own language. He’s confident, some would even call him conceited, arrogant. He boasts in his own strength and knowledge. He takes pride in belittling you. He makes fun of your faith.
How can you ever gather up enough strength and courage to battle such a giant?
Well, there is one thing that you have that this Goliath doesn’t. And that one thing, miniscule as it may be to him, is the only thing you need to bring him down to his knees in defeat.
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Yes, with God all things are possible, even when facing “giant” obstacles. Stand firm, don’t run away in fear and defeat. Just look to the young boy David as your example and inspiration. When he volunteered to fight the mighty Philistine warrior, Goliath, there was no doubt in his mind that he would win, for he had the Lord God Almighty on his side, and he trusted that God would deliver the fallen giant into his hands. He refused to let his own size, youth, and inexperience deter him from confronting Goliath in God’s name, because he understood that despite his own human weaknesses and short comings, the power of God, which had given him the strength to kill bears and lions, would surely give him the strength to beat the giant as well.
“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37
Romans 8:31 asks this question: If God is for us, who can be against us? When God is on your side, nothing on this earth, above this earth, or beneath this earth can ever defeat you. In Isaiah 54:16-17, God says that He created the blacksmith who forges his sword, and He also created the devil, and He has determined that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” How powerless will these created things be against the Creator when He is fighting our battles for us.
And are they really even our battles? 2 Chronicles 20:15 says that the battle isn’t ours, but God’s. Looking back at David, he doesn’t fight Goliath because they’re measuring egos. He doesn’t fight him because he wants to win a bet, or because Goliath stole his girlfriend or talked bad about his mom. He fights him because Goliath “defied the armies of the living God.”
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands . . . and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47
The giants we face in life won’t always be school yard bullies stealing our lunch money. Sometimes they are blasphemy, unbelief, temptations to sin, “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). However, when have on the full armor of God, we are able to withstand any evil threat that comes our way.
Understand that in this life, troubles will come. Jesus said as much. But He also instructed us not to be afraid, for He has already overcome the world (John 16:33), and through our faith in Him we too have overcome this world (1 John 5:4-5). David had only his faith, a couple of rocks, and a sling shot, and he killed the Philistine warrior with one strike. Don’t kid yourself by saying he just got lucky. That was all God.
So why then are we running scared? Stand up to that giant! Tell him commandingly, “You won’t defeat me!” Because you have someone much greater living inside of you.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10; NKJV
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we put our trust and faith in you, in your strength, and in your power. We know that we can accomplish nothing without you, but with you giants fall. So we cast out the spirits of fear and doubt. We will not be dismayed or discouraged. We stand tall against these giants because we know you will deliver us. You said in your word that you will never leave or forsake us, that you are with us even to the very end of the age. So we hold onto that confidence, that if God be for us nothing can be against us, that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, that no weapon formed against us will prosper, that all things are possible to them that believe. We believe, Lord, and we thank you for always giving us the victory, even against the greatest giants— nothing is greater than you. We give you all the glory and honor and praise. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.