We all face problems in our lives and no matter how hard we try to avoid them, they always find a way to disrupt our peace and joy. It’s not easy to live with a giant that defies you day and night, shouting and taunting at us. You might even feel the way the Israelites did -terrified and deeply shaken. But in the well-known story of David and Goliath, we find 2 things that David did before defeating the Giant and putting and end to their misery.
1-) Change your focus
David saw what nobody else saw, and refused to see what everybody else was seeing. 1 Samuel 17: 4 start giving us a description of this giant: “He was 9 feet tall, wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds…” All of the soldiers of Israel’s army were focusing on how big and scary this giant warrior was. However, David placed his focus on God and not Goliath. David did not call him giant, not even warrior, instead, He called him “Pagan Philistine”.
2- Speak more about God than about your problem
Verse 25 says “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel”. All through this chapter we read about how experienced and intimidating Goliath was. It amazes me that the “people of God” would not invoke His name. No one even suggested to pray and ask the Lord to save them. They were too focused on the problem.
But David spoke more about God – Living God, Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the Lord’s Battle, the Lord will deliver me, the Lord rescued me, etc. – than Goliath.
No matter what you are going through, you should always remember that God is bigger and that nothing is impossible for Him. When you take your focus away from the problem and direct it to God, you will receive the strength and courage you need to face and defeat your giants.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.