Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“What Should You Do When “Goliath” Comes?”
I have a sign mounted on the wall in front of my desk that says, “Don’t tell God how big your mountain is; tell the mountain how big your God is!” The sign is there to remind me that we all will face some giants, but what we need is to respond in faith when we’re confronted by them.
You may want to run away in fear, you may try to avoid them and act as if they’ll just go away. But the giants won’t just go away; they must be confronted and dealt with. And they can be overcome and defeated! As you journey through life, battles are inevitable, so you must learn to depend on Christ, take God at His Word, and believe Him for your breakthrough and victory.
In 1st Samuel, Chapter 17, we read a story many of us remember as a child. While we’ve all heard of young, unafraid David and the confrontational Goliath, the Holy Spirit of God has a few things there to reveal, remind and encourage you.
“Goliath” represents any damnable hard time, any adverse or abusive circumstance, any negative persecution or stressful situation, any overwhelming financial crisis, any physical, mental, emotional or spiritually painful condition, any unshakeable, destructive bad habit or sin, or any surrounding demonic activity or satanic entrapment. Your ‘Goliath’ will confront you, challenge you, oppose you, discourage you and will attempt to defeat you!
You must know that, no matter what ‘Goliath’ confronts you, the love from the cross, and the grace from Christ’s empty tomb is MORE than enough to encourage, sustain and persuade you! In trusting Christ and taking God at His Word you will daily realize that The Holy Spirit in you will enable you to become a “giant killer” and that it’s time to TRUST GOD.
In 1st Samuel 17:26, David strongly asks, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
After considering God’s glorious promises and his recent experiences of divine assistance in killing the bear and the lion, David was determined that he would go into battle with the things that had always worked for him in the past. David knew that God, who had always come through in the past, was the very same God who would still come through in this new present situation.
Can you believe that very same Lord that has brought you through trials and challenges before will do it again? The very same Lord that saved you is more than able to keep you, as you look to Him and stand on His Word.
Initially, David was criticized and even opposed by those he thought supported him. But he trusted God. Often we too must learn that if God is all we have, He’s really all we need. So, we must rise and go forward in faith in Jesus Christ and know we can trust him.
David walked into that valley into an impossible situation only because he knew God had been faithful and would remain faithful. God had never left him in his dark, dire, and impossible situations, and David believed God would not fail him in this situation either. And he will not fail you! If God be for you, who or what can be against you?
You may not see your giants physically fall the very instant you exercise faith in God. But, don’t let that cause you to lose hope! For you often cannot believe what the eyes of your flesh see. But, you can always believe what the eyes of faith see because we walk by faith and not by sight.
So, even if it may look like you’re outgunned, outnumbered and in an impossible situation, remember that it looked that way for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It looked that way for Daniel. It looked that way for the disciples when the storm raged outside their ship. It certainly looked that way for Jesus as he was lifted high upon that cross. But God had the final “say-so” in each of these life-changing experiences.
If you want to see the giants in your life lying dead at your feet, you must do as David did. He believed God was greater than any giant that he could ever face. He believed that the same Lord that brought him through challenges in the past still reigned on high, and the same sources (prayer, faith, praise, The Word of God and The Holy Spirit) that he used under prior conditions, were always available, and would work under any new challenge! And that’s still true for you today as you confront the Goliaths in your own life.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!