Running at Giants
Do you know the story of David & Goliath?
Here’s what I remember from Sunday School felt board lessons growing up:
David had a sling and a few stones, Goliath was bad, David beat Goliath because God was on his side. End of story, time for snacks and crafts.
See, all this time I thought the point was David’s bravery. Now, I’m not discounting that it took a heap of courage for David to do what he did. I mean, to step in front of an extremely large man (almost 10 feet tall!?) with only a sling and some rocks–that’s bold.
I recently resolved to go through the Bible stories I remember from my childhood to read and journal them. Most of them I know more from Sunday School lessons and VeggieTales episodes than scripture–and I want to know the truest version of those lessons. So this weekend I started with David & Goliath.
Now, the story read a lot like a remember, but my takeaway was completely different. David may have had a tidal wave of bravery swell up in him, but I don’t think that’s what marched him to King Saul’s tent or down into the Valley of Elah.
In 1 Samuel 17:37 David tells Saul, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
In verse 45 David sticks to his guns and tells Goliath, “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 Isreal, whom you have defied.”
See, David took a stand for the God of Isreal. He was fired up, and motivated, for sure.
But verse 48 struck me the most as I studied this story: “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.”
Y’all. This shepherd boy was so fired up, motivated, and sold out to the King of Kings that he charged a giant with no formidable weapon.
That’s more than bravery, friend. That’s confidence.
A confidence in God so strong it leaves no room for doubt.
If you know the story you know where that confidence led David. Verse 5o tells us that “David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”
Don’t you want what David had that day? I want that kind of confidence, y’all. I want to run head on into the battles of this life knowing I can not lose because the Mightiest Warrior and the One True King are on my side. I want to stand fearlessly in the face of trials assured that I have the same Deliverer watching over me that David had in the valley. So why don’t I have it?
Because sometimes I forget Who is for me. Sometimes I lose sight of the Kingdom I’m living for, of the citizenship I claim. Sometimes I get weighed down trying to make myself overcome the giants in my life–planning for a future, juggling responsibilities, discerning my goals from God’s.
No more though, friends. No more trying to size up giants on our own. It’s time to run into our battles with our heads held high and victory proclaimed. And here’s why:
Our giants may be different from David’s, but our God is the same.
And that is truth you can root your confidence in.
I pray that your confidence is renewed this week, friend. I pray that you tuck the story of David & Goliath into your heart knowing it is more than a story of bravery and courage, it is a history that reminds us that confidence in our Lord is always warranted and will never let us down. The confidence may not change the circumstances, it may not shrink or end the giant we’re facing, but it will sure change how we approach it.
Whatever battle you’re facing, if you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can run toward the battle lines with confidence that the war has already been won and you’re on the winning side.
PS-What battle do you need confidence going into? What’s your favorite Bible story? Share with me in the comments below.