Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
As you go through life, you will be tempted to trust in the wisdom of men instead of God’s power. I encourage you yield not to temptation but hold fast to the teachings of Christ which says, “Your faith should not rest in human wisdom, but in God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
According to the prophet Samuel, the Israelites and the Philistines were at war and the Israelites were afraid of the Philistines’ champion, Goliath. Whenever he stepped out, they would flee in fear. It so happened that David, then a shepherd boy brought food for his brothers who were in the Israelites army. He witnessed the Israelites being humiliated by Goliath and convinced King Saul that he could defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17: 1-37).
“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off” (1 Samuel 17: 38-39). King Saul believed that David needed his armor to defeat Goliath and so he willingly gave it to him. However, David’s faith was not in Saul’s wisdom but in God’s power and so he removed the armor and told Saul that he was not comfortable wearing them.
Instead of using Saul’s armor, David used his “armor” which stood the test of time, “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 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. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground” (1 Samuel 17:40-49).
God uses the foolish things to shame the wise and weak things to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). David’s weapon was his sling shot, stones, and faith in God. He had experience in using all three hence he was confident of his success. You might be facing a giant in your life that is causing you to cower. Unfortunately, this giant is preventing you from accomplishing God’s purpose in your life. You can defeat your giant by using your faith in Christ and life’s experience. The Bible says, “…faith without works is dead (James 2:26). What abilities do you have? How can you use them to defeat the giant in your life?
God uses people to carry out his plan. He could have sent angels to kill Goliath, He really did not need David to do it but He chose to use Him. Similarly, He can remove your giant, nonetheless, He is waiting for you to do your part so He can work through your efforts and remove the giant. On one occasion, Moses was asking God for help and He said, “…why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground” (Exodus 14:15-16).