“Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear..David said moreover, The Lord delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.” ~ 1 Samuel 17:36-37 Do you remember the last time you were in trouble and you found your back up against the wall, seemingly with no hope of a solution to bring you out? Do you remember your last experience with that mountain of debt before you or when you were down in the valley with your giants of fear and death standing before you trying to get you to believe a lie that you were not going to make it, and that you will die? Do you remember? Well, I remember my last time! Looking back now, I realize that it was not so much about the size of the giant that was before me, rather it was my faith in God and the one Himself who created the giants that I faced. It was God’s winning strategy that He empowered me with to defeat those giants. That’s right!
You see, as long as we are living here on this earth we would always be faced with giants who would taunt you and I and attempt to curse the blessings we have received. Their senseless attempt is to try to enslave our mind, to hold us hostage/prisoner to doubt, fear and even death. But here is a strategy. Never attempt to go up against your giants to fight with a view of gaining your victory doing it on your own or in your own strength. The battle is not yours, the battle is the Lord’s and it is He who shall fight for you and give you the victory!
David’s elder brothers (1 Samuel 17:13) I believe were going about trying to gain their victory in their own strength and leaving God out of their plan, hence their fear and weakness. Saul himself tried to robe David in his physical armour to which David politely refused and said to Saul, “I cannot go [to battle] with these, for I have not proved them.” (1 Samuel 17:39) In essence David gave the recognition and praise to the one who had always helped him out of his troubles, the one whom he was once again willing to trust and to step out in faith and to show to all that were looking on at the outcome, that no matter what he faced, God will once more be his strength and shield!
He proved the truth of God’s word that he would win the battle by putting on and wearing the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) knowing also the “the weapons of our warfare [that which we do spiritual battles with] are not carnal [that is, of the flesh, or man’s thoughts and ways] but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God..” ~ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Remember this word today, that as you go through life and you face your giants, that the same God that brought David out, is the same God who delivered me and who will deliver you too! In the court David was only looked at as Saul’s physician (minstrel) but in the camp he was Israel’s champion and the one whose unparalleled bravery going up against a huge Philistine giant with a sling and a stone, brought about a glorious victory which gave God’s Israel the advantage against their enemies.
Have a great weekend everyone!