By Michelle Cox
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:37
Have you ever been crippled by fear or have you ever let your perceived lack of abilities keep you from doing something God asked you to do? I think most of us have faced situations like that.
Awhile back during my devotional time, I ended up in I Samuel 17 with one of the most well-known stories in the Bible—the story of David and Goliath. I’ve heard about those two guys since I was a little girl, but on this particular day it was like God put a spotlight on some things I’d never noticed before.
Imagine the scene with me. For forty days the Israelite army had been crippled by fear as Goliath—a monster-sized bully—strutted in front of them, taunting them and making fun of their God.
About that time, Jesse sent his young son, David, to take supplies and to check on his brothers who were in the army. Try to picture David in your mind. The Bible describes him as “ruddy-faced.” He was just a rosy-cheeked shepherd boy. Certainly no one who knew him would have thought of him as anything else.
David arrived at the army camp just in time to see the face-off between the Israelites and Goliath. He observed the Israelite army running in fear from the giant. Over and over he heard the words, “Have you seen the giant? Have you SEEN the GIANT?”
The young lad was filled with righteous indignation. “Who is this Philistine who has the nerve to defy the living God?”
When David told King Saul that he would fight the giant, Saul replied, “You’re just a boy. There’s no way you would win.” But armed with God and five smooth stones, the young lad walked into a seemingly-impossible situation, facing the giant with the knowledge that this was the Lord’s battle.
David slew his giant that day. You know why? Because when everyone else was saying, “Have you seen the giant?” David was saying, “Have you seen my God?”
Many of you are facing giants today—things like losing your jobs, wrecked relationships, the heartache of a prodigal child, the loss of a loved one, scary words from a doctor, or even a task God’s called you to that seems way bigger than you can do. During those times it’s easy to focus on the giants and to live in fear because the situation seems impossible.
The good news is that there’s hope today because this isn’t just your battle—it’s the Lord’s battle and He thrives at solving impossible situations. So the next time doubt and fear overwhelm you, don’t say, “Have you seen my giant?” but instead reply with confidence, “Have you seen my God?”
Father, remind me to keep my eyes on you instead of on my circumstances. Amen.
Michelle Cox is a bestselling author and speaker. Visit her at GodGlimpses.com and www.Just18Summers.com.