Today’s reading is taken from 1 Samuel 17:29-58. Here we have the famous story of the events leading up to David’s victory over Goliath.
As David was arriving at the Israelite’s army camp, he heard the taunt of Goliath for the Israelite army to fight him. David asked “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (V.26). When Eliab, David’s eldest brother, heard what David said, Eliab was angry with David. Instead of encouraging David, Eliab said “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle?” (v.28). But David was not discouraged; he repeated his challenge for Goliath to King Saul and said he will fight Goliath. King Saul replied “you are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth” (v.33).
How many of us would feel discouraged when people put us down? David’s faith in God remains firm and unshakable despite the discouraging words from Eliab and King Saul. He trusted God more than he trusted the words of others. When the soldiers of Israel were afraid or giving up, David’s faith kept him going.
When David was standing infront of Goliath, Goliath taunted him and said “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” (v.43). David boldly replied that he comes in the name of the God of the armies of Israel and on this day, God will deliver Goliath into his hands. Goliath is described as a giant and his body was covered in armour. David had no armour, no sword, all he had was a slingshot and a few stones. Why was David’s faith unshaken? David had unshakeable trust because past experience had proven that God was faithful. The young shepherd recalled how the Lord gave him the victory on two separate occasions, when a lion and a bear threatened his flock (1 Sam. 17:37).
In life, there will be discouragements but we must not let discouragements defeat us. Where do we go when we are discouraged? Turn to the promises of God, in Romans 15:4, it says “through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”. We are conquerors because of Jesus’ victory on the cross. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:35, 37)
We must be remember God’s provision in our life and continue to read about his faithfulness in the Bible. Keep a journal of his marvelous works in your life. So, when facing an obstacle or a giant in our life, you can recall God’s faithfulness. Just like David, we must not give up hope. Just like David, we must remain focused on the greatness of our God rather than how difficult the problem is.
Heavenly Father, we know that all things are possible with you. Help us to have unshakable faith like David when we are faced with challenges in our daily lives. Strengthen us when we are discouraged. We pray for that you will guide us and help us through difficult situations. Help us be courageous in all that we do so we may glorify your name. Amen.