In This Corner…

In this corner we have Goliath, towering over 9 feet tall and weighing in around 650 pounds. And in this corner we have (well by all standards, the loser) a kid named David. I am not a fan of wrestling, but I understand enough to know that most of the time, those that face each other are pretty equal in size and weight.

The competitors get in a ring and throw jabs and punches in this hand-to-hand combat—all in an effort to take their opponent down. The winner is the last person standing. The story found in 1 Samuel 17 tells the story of the faceoff between the “giant” Goliath and the young man David.

Come on, David did not have a chance on his own. The weapons Goliath had were bigger than David. Goliath’s voice alone was like a megaphone taunting little David. But David knew the living God was with him!  He said, “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17: 37)  When facing Goliath, David did not shrink back in fear because he’d already experienced the presence and power of the one true living God.

David did not even have the support of “his team.” They laughed at him, they rebuked him, and they misunderstood him. But David thought, “If God is for me, then who can be against me?” (Romans 8:31) David knew that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

David is the one who later wrote:

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”

David was the last man standing. He was the winner.  How?  Well it was “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

God is bigger than any “Goliath’s” you may face. We all face “Goliath’s.”  We all face situations and circumstances that are bigger than we are.  We all face “things” that are out of our control. Hey, that’s life. But I pray this week the words of David will bring encouragement to your heart:

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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