David conquered his Goliath. Will we?
My last post represents thoughts that have been swirling around in my head for a while now. They’ve become more frequent as I continue to hear of some unbelievable trials that some people are facing right now. These goliaths are definitely giant-sized. And only God can knock them down.
But it saddens me to think that not everyone will walk away from their goliath with their relationship with God still intact.
What do I mean?
Here are four (4) simple truths:
1. We will all face goliaths. It is inevitable in this world. (John 16:33)
2. Goliath situations don’t last forever. It may sure seem that way when we’re in the middle of it. But they eventually come to an end. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
3. Whether we acknowledge His presence or not, God NEVER abandons us in the midst of our goliath encounters. (Dueteronomy 31:6)
4. Sadly some people give up on God after their encounter with a goliath. (Isa. 17:10)
We forget that God doesn’t send goliaths our way; the enemy does.
We forget that goliaths sometimes come as a result of our own actions.
We forget that any suffering we endure in our lifetime could NEVER compare with the suffering Jesus endured on our behalf.
We forget that we were told that we WILL face trials in this life.
We forget, and we give up.
Am I saying that remembering will be easy? I cannot honestly answer yes.
Not when one’s goliath is a terminal diagnosis, or the unexpected loss of a family member or friend, the abandonment of a spouse, the loss of a job or the destruction of one’s home and livelihood.
Remembering in the midst of a battle with a goliath is never easy. But it IS possible. David proved that.
Here are two (2) more truths to remember:
5. Encounters with goliaths cause our faith to grow. (James 1:3) Can you imagine how good David felt after he saw Goliath fall? His confidence in God was multiplied.
6. We must remember because forgetting could be fatal. (Ps. 106:13 & Isa. 17:10-11)
We often shake our heads in amazement at the memory loss of the Israelites after leaving Egypt. How could they forget the amazing and awesome way in which God got them out? Not one plague touched them! The Red Sea parted!!!! How does one forget things like that?
Well, they chose not to remember.
Can you imagine them saying to Moses that they might as well have stayed in Egypt? Enslaved and suffering?
What ingratitude! How ungrateful! What a slap in God’s face!
But that’s what can happen when we choose to forget.
When we forget where God has taken us from and brought us to where we are today, it is easy to feel abandoned when facing a goliath.
When we forget the way He answered prayers before we had even uttered them, it is easy to get stuck questioning why.
When we forget how He made a way when there seemed to be none, it is easy to say that He doesn’t love us.
How awful when we forget because the enemy gains a foothold. He slips in with his dark, doubting and depressive thoughts; then he has us just where He wants us.
Friend, don’t allow that to happen. Turning your back on God leads to the loss of eternal life. It can’t get any more fatal than that!
Today, allow your goliath situation to remind you of the awesome and amazing God you serve; one who wants what’s best for you.
You may not understand why He has allowed such situations to befall you.
But trust! (Joshua 1:9)
Remember! (Ps. 103:2)
Recall that He has NEVER let you down before, and He is NOT about to start now.
He is working ALL things for your good. (Romans 8:28)