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Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God can see
1 Samuel 17:4-11 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. (KJV) . . . Staring across the Elah Valley into the eyes of Goliath, David remembered the many times God had delivered him from the edge of disaster. God had always given David the ability he needed to triumph. Now he faced one of the greatest challenges of his life, a well-trained, well-armed, giant warrior named Goliath.
At some point in our life, each of us will face what seem to be enormous trials and difficulties. This is why we must know HOW to respond to every threat . . . by laying hold of victorious faith that looks far beyond what we can see . . . to what God sees.
The secret of David’s success was his ability to trust and obey God. Had he looked merely at the giant facing him, he would have turned around and ran in the opposite direction, as did the rest of the Israelites. But by faith, David saw what his countrymen did not see.
In times of extreme pressure, I think that God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him. If we do not have a strong, abiding faith, we will quickly yield to temptation and fear, especially when the trial or difficulty is intense or prolonged. It seems that God developed David’s faith until it became absolutely unshakable.
Whatever Goliath you face, you need to keep one truth deep within your heart: God loves you, and when you trust Him, He will help you to be victorious. My friend, you may at times go through times of failure. Learn from those failures! Life may not always turn out the way you planned or wanted. But in the end, God will be glorified, and you will be blessed.
Every challenge presents an opportunity for the Lord to display His faithfulness and love. Instead of yielding to thoughts of anxiety, fear and failure, trust God, even when you do not know what the next day will bring. And my friend, thank Him! It could always be worse. Always look beyond what you can see, and know that He can see farther than you.
David established his faith in the sovereignty of God; that’s why he knew he would not fail in his mission to defeat the Philistine giant.
How can you gain that kind of faith?
- Recall past victories. Do not give in to feelings of fear and doubt, you will lose. When you focus on the truth of God’s Word, you will win every time.
- Reject discouraging words. No one in the Israelite camp encouraged David in his quest to defeat Goliath. The soldiers laughed at him. His brothers felt embarrassed by his presence and urged him to go home. Even King Saul doubted David. If David had listened to their discouraging comments, he would have given up . . . but he turned his heart to the Lord and found the encouragement he needed.
- Recognize the true nature of the battle. David entered the battle shouting to his arrogant opponent the memorable words, “The battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Sam.17:47). What a great way to say, “God wins!”
- Respond to the challenge with a positive confession. David asked the fearful Israelites, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” (1 Sam.17:26). To Saul he said, “The Lord . . . will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (verse 37). To Goliath he said, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel” (verse 45). David firmly declared his belief that he could not lose because God was with him.
- Rely on the power of God. David did not need a spear or a javelin to defeat Goliath. He needed only his faith and a homemade slingshot. God provided the victory, and He received the glory.
- Reckon the victory. Even before he stepped onto the battlefield, David knew he would not lose. He knew it wasn’t his reputation on the line, but God’s. He knew it wasn’t his strength or cunning that would win the battle, but God’s strength and wisdom.
You can face ANY circumstance with confidence and hope, because it is NOT your strength, wisdom, energy, or power that brings victory, it is God’s! Success comes because of Christ’s ability, and when you place your trust in Him, you tap into a force that no one and nothing can ever successfully oppose.
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