Facing Our Goliaths

Facing Our Goliaths: don’t panic because this too shall pass.

James 1:12 (GNT)

Testing and Tempting

12 Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.

Before we can be promoted by God in any area of our lives, we must first be tested.  Sometimes, we’ll be tested in more than one way.  These tests prove whether or not we are ready for that particular promotion.  Therefore, the time has come for us to stop running away from the challenges that we are facing.  It’s high time we stop putting off dealing with those difficult things.  Let’s look at the story of David and Goliath as an example.

1 Samuel 17: 32-50 (GNT)

32 David said to Saul, “Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine! I will go and fight him.”

33 “No,” answered Saul. “How could you fight him? You’re just a boy, and he has been a soldier all his life!”

34 “Your Majesty,” David said, “I take care of my father’s sheep. Any time a lion or a bear carries off a lamb, 35 I go after it, attack it, and rescue the lamb. And if the lion or bear turns on me, I grab it by the throat and beat it to death. 36 I have killed lions and bears, and I will do the same to this heathen Philistine, who has defied the army of the living God. 37 The Lord has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine.”

“All right,” Saul answered. “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 38 He gave his own armor to David for him to wear: a bronze helmet, which he put on David’s head, and a coat of armor. 39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor and tried to walk, but he couldn’t, because he wasn’t used to wearing them. “I can’t fight with all this,” he said to Saul. “I’m not used to it.” So he took it all off. 40 He took his shepherd’s stick and then picked up five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his bag. With his sling ready, he went out to meet Goliath.

David Defeats Goliath

41 The Philistine started walking toward David, with his shield bearer walking in front of him. He kept coming closer, 42 and when he got a good look at David, he was filled with scorn for him because he was just a nice, good-looking boy. 43 He said to David, “What’s that stick for? Do you think I’m a dog?” And he called down curses from his god on David.44 “Come on,” he challenged David, “and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat.”

45 David answered, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. 46 This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head. And I will give the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds and animals to eat. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a God, 47 and everyone here will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.”

48 Goliath started walking toward David again, and David ran quickly toward the Philistine battle line to fight him. 49 He reached into his bag and took out a stone, which he slung at Goliath. It hit him on the forehead and broke his skull, and Goliath fell face downward on the ground. 50 And so, without a sword, David defeated and killed Goliath with a sling and a stone!

This Goliath Too Shall Pass

We all have Goliaths that we must face.  Whether our Goliath is a lifetime of bad relationships, a lifetime of bad choices, or we have a mountain of bad debt, first, we must decide to stop letting it (or them) make us feel guilty.

The trick to dealing with several Goliaths is to take them one at a time.  Attack that one Goliath, succeed at it and then move on to another.  We will get overwhelmed if we try to deal with everything at the same time.  We must pray.  We must ask for the Lord’s help because we can’t do it alone.  It is in praying that God will show us what we must do.  Do what we can do and God’ll anoint that and we can have the victory.  We must do our part, otherwise, He can’t do His.

The Consequence of Running from Our Goliaths

Conquering our Goliaths is not easy, but it’s doable.  We must learn to do it afraid.  We must learn not to get scared and run from our battles.  The fact is that we can run, but we just can’t hide (not for too long at least).  Running will only result in us going around the mountain time and time again because in God’s school, we get to redo each test until we pass – we never get to fail.  If God tells us to deal with something and we run away from it then it’ll reappear somewhere else in our lives.

Concluding Encouragement

We aren’t going to get everything we want in life.  Consequently, we’ll need to learn how to be happy and content where we are.  Believe it or not, where we are now is exactly where the Lord wants us to be.  Facing our Goliaths will help us to become more confident in who we are in Christ.

We must be encouraged when we are going through a difficult time.  We may feel like we aren’t hearing from Him or we may feel like He’s not coming through for us.  Remember always that He’s never late and He seldom acts on our time.  He is faithful, so don’t panic, this too shall pass.

What Goliaths have you been putting off?  What steps will you take today to overcome them?  

Dare to believe in the power of you because with God, anything is possible.


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