In 1 Samuel 17, we read about a young boy named David. A Philistine army was attacking the Israelites. A very large champion named Goliath came forward and said in verse 10, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” Verse 11 says, “When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.” What is in your life today that is like this large Philistine? Are you facing financial pressure, a bad report from the doctor, wayward children, or a disgruntled spouse? Goliaths try to raise up daily in our lives and defy the very promises of God that we have been given. Are we like the Israelites, afraid of these Goliaths; or are we like this young boy David?

David asked around to find out more about this great warrior, Goliath. As everyone else was afraid, a holy boldness rose up in this young boy’s heart. He was willing to face this Goliath. Goliath even took him as a joke when David stepped forward to fight him. In verse 45, David said, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” David was more confident in the Lord’s power and ability than in the power of the enemy he was faced with.

What do you have your hope and confidence in? Do you trust the Goliath in your life more than the power of the living God? Hebrews 13:6 says, “So that we may BOLDLY say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do to me.” We also see in Hebrews 4:16 how God wants us to come to Him, “Let us therefore come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and FIND GRACE TO HELP in time of need.” I encourage you today to face your Goliath with confidence in God. Be like young David, not willing to accept any defeat because God is on your side! 1John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

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