That Sounds Impossible!
Everyone likes a good David and Goliath story, but I know very few people who, in the moment, would choose to be David over Goliath. Why is that?
Last week in this blog space I wrote about weakness being an advantage and about how our weakness is a chance for God to display His power and glory in our lives. While weakness might be the advantage, weakness without dependency is still… weakness. Dependence on God is actually the goal.
In the story of David and Goliath, David found himself as the weaker opponent, but it wasn’t in his weakness that he found victory: it was in his choice to be solely dependent upon God.
As I have continued rolling these thoughts around in my head and heart, I have found myself asking, “Where in my life am I choosing to be solely dependent upon God? Where in my life am I choosing to do something that seems impossible and that requires faith?”
People have estimated Goliath’s height to be between seven and nine feet. However tall he was, he would have been the odds-on favorite to win the fight. But Goliath’s strength was limited to himself. David, on the other hand, knew that his dependence on God gave him access to unlimited power.
While Goliath was boasting about his strength and taunting his opponents, David was overcoming his fears and focusing on God.
In 1 Samuel 17:45-47, 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. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
David overcame Goliath because he was fully dependent upon God. So, where do you need to overcome your fear and depend upon God? The greater your need, the greater God’s glory will be in the provision.
“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.” 1 Samuel 17:37