In this corner…

$_32In this corner we have Goliath, towering over 9 feet tall and weighing in at 650 pounds (give or take a few 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 much equal in size and weight.

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

Come on, in the natural David did not have a chance. 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!  David remembered that it was God that “delivered him from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear,” (I Sam. 17:36-37) and he knew God would deliver him from the hand of Goliath.

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

David is the one who later wrote:

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? (Psa. 27:1)

David when facing his Goliath did not shrink back in fear because he had a personal experience and history with the presence and power of the one true living God.

God is bigger than any “Goliath’s” you may face. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7) So I pray this week you will remember that “… 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.”  (2 Cor. 10:3-4)

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

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:

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? (Psa. 27:1)

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