Run towards…not away from

1 Samuel 17:32-37, ” David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’

33 Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’

34 But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 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.’

Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’”

Goliath was a giant, fighting against the Israelites for the Philistine’s army. No soldier wanted to fight him. Because of his large size and brutal strength, he terrorized people with fear. He thought he was indestructible. He thought he had the upper hand. He thought he was the most powerful, and then he met God.

David knew how to face a giant. He didn’t cower down. He didn’t puzzle over the appropriate method of ambush or the right weapons for the fight. I imagine as he stood before the giant Goliath, who had killed many men, his knees shook, his heart pounded, his stomach probably flipped a few times; but David shouted, “…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.” (1 Samuel 17:45)

The Bible actually tells us David ran quickly to the battle line. He proclaimed the name of the Lord and God’s mighty power to overcome anyone who stands against Him. David ran toward the giant; he did not run away from it.

Some of us need to learn how to face our giants. Some of us need to run towards our problems and stop running away from them. Some of us need to introduce our Goliaths to God.

Do you realize Who stands ready to battle with you? The same God who enabled David to kill Goliath. Today, talk to God about your Goliaths. Confidently move towards those obstacles, knowing the Lord Almighty stands behind you.


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