“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.’” -1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV)
Where did David get the courage and strength to speak boldly before Goliath? Certainly it did not come from his physical stature and military prowess. David paled in comparison to Goliath in this regard, for the Philistine could not only boast of unrivalled brute strength, but he was armed to the teeth as well. Neither did David find his strength in the support of his own Israelite comrades. Initially King Saul was hesitant to send the young David against the battle-hardened Goliath and certainly the soldiers of the Israelite army would not have had a high opinion of the shepherd boy armed with only a sling. But David found his strength in the arms of God. Who was it that gave Goliath breath? Who was it who created the materials to make Goliath’s swords, spears, and javelins? Was it not the Lord of the universe who holds all things together? Armed with the confidence that the same God defends those who seek to honour Him, David stood boldly before Goliath and was able to defeat him for all to see that it was God who gave David strength to face his enemy and fight.
Sometimes we encounter situations which make us quake in fear. Comparing our perceived weakness to the enormity of our circumstances, we are quick to say that it is hopeless and that victory is destined to elude us. We ask ourselves how we, insignificant and weak as we are, could emerge triumphant over the gargantuan challenges we face. However, though in our strength the task we are called to accomplish seems impossible, nothing is impossible with God. If we rely solely on our strength or on the support of others, we will slowly succumb to discouragement and defeatism when struggles come along our path and our earthly sources of strength evaporate. But when we find our strength in Christ we can stand firm knowing that He fights on our behalf and empowers us so that his perfect will may be fulfilled in our lives. Like David, when we have entered into a relationship with God by allowing Christ’s Spirit to enter our hearts, we can find confidence in the fact that God is our strength and that He will enable us to do what He has called us to do. Entrusting ourselves to Him we will have courage to face our situations with boldness and an unmovable strength which comes from knowing that the battle belongs to the Lord who is Ruler over all.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.