David said to the Philistine, “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, who you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45
He was just a boy against a giant. A really big giant….and a really simple boy. No big deal, right? Wrong! It was a huge deal.
The greatest warrior in all of the Philistine army had challenged all of Israel’s men. Even worse, Goliath challenged God. And when every warrior in Israel’s battle camp heard the challenge they cowered!
All but David.
David could put up with an awful lot. He was after all the youngest of his brothers, and he spent his days and nights watching sheep. However, the one thing David couldn’t do was tolerate people challenging God.
I’ve seen this verse in the story and washed over it. But as God brings me back to it over and over He reminds me to consider David’s faith in comparison to everyone else’s fear.
We talk about fear an awful lot. How to conquer it; how to avoid it; how to dismiss it. But we sometimes wash over faith. And maybe if we spent some more time studying faith, we’d have to deal with a little less fear. Faith, after all, is the antidote to fear.
David had faith to conquer Goliath not because his stones were shiny and smooth, not because his aim was straight and true, but because he knew that the Living God was going before him.
What would happen in our lives if we lived with the same faith as David? What would happen to the goals on your list this year if you laid them before God and trusted Him to go before you in accomplishing what He calls you to do? What would happen if we acted on the faith we claim to have?
New year goals are all kinds of fun and exciting when we write them down, but when we start to walk them out we can find fear creeping into our souls as the enemy seeks to distract us. Let’s tune out the fear this year and step up to the challenges ahead of us- exactly as David did. With solid faith in the One who sends us to battle.