Facing Our Goliaths
One of the hardest things for any of us to do is to face the Goliaths in our life. That is, the one thing that we know we are going to have to do, but all too often we choose to ignore or sometimes even deny. It could be anything from facing a love one with an addiction that is destroying their life to getting honest with ourselves about choices we have to make. The point is that deep down we know that facing this Goliath is inevitable.
So what do we do? Let’s look at the story of David and Goliath in the Bible. The difference with David fighting Goliath versus any other trained soldier in all of Saul’s army was simply faith. Young David spent time in the wilderness tending sheep for his father. During this time of solitude (in his wilderness) he gained a relationship with God. As a result it was only because of this relationship did he acquire the courage he needed to defeat what looked impossible to everyone else.
God built up faith in David in the wilderness before he ever confronted Goliath. So when the time came, David was more than prepared, he could put his entire confidence in God and knew he would not be disappointed. This confidence and relationship with God was the very catalyst that carried David throughout his entire life as King over Israel.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What was created in David through a relationship with God is even more available to us today through the power of the Holy Spirit in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How incredible it is to see the Lord working in our lives when once we learn to surrender our own understanding. When we choose to keep our focus on God, build our relationship with Christ, and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit we begin to move from trying to believe into personal knowing without a shadow of doubt. It is in this knowing, like David experienced, do we acquire the faith needed to defeat any Goliath.
The first step of experiencing this type of faith is by admitting that on our own we are limited, but with God nothing is impossible. This is the very essence of the awesome power of humility!
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