I’d like to take you to a favorite place of mine in scripture. You’re likely to know the story well and have it marked as a favorite of your own; it’s the story of David and Goliath. This story is always striking to me, but as I’m facing my own giants, this one particularly speaks to me right now.
David has just been sent in by the King to face the giant and he’s turned down Saul’s battle gear and opted for his own staff, sling, and a few rocks he’s picked up on the way to the fight. For someone outside of faith, my guess is that this part of the story is almost laughable…he’s facing a nine foot tall man and decides to take his pet rock into battle. Can’t you just hear an unbeliever mocking him?
But, we know the real story and that’s where we’ll pick up:
“He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
Let me interrupt and say, “I’m terrified and I’m just reading the story.” But, let’s continue:
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, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. I Sam. 17:41-51
Now, tell me what you’re facing, that with faith in God, the God of David, you can’t overcome. What in your life is so terrifying, so crippling, or so vast, that when you come against it in the name of the Lord God Almighty, you can’t conquer it?