Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.”

1 Samuel 17: 45

Fortunately it is a rare day in my neighborhood when a sword and spear wielding giant appears in my yard bearing ill intentions and a very bad disposition while seeking to take possession of my home. Although the specifics of this day’s events are not common to us, there is a striking similarity between them and the way that so many events in life do come our way. Just as using the conventional weapons and tactics of his day must have seemed futile to David, so does applying the skill, training, and experience of my past to these contemporary giants seem like a sure road to defeat.

Also. just as surely as Goliath stood before David and taunted, sin and the forces of evil stand before us and seek to provoke us to take action that is foolish and ill conceived. Satan wants us to get so caught up with the challenge and in the struggle that we act out of our own strength and by using our personal strength and skill. Yet, David turned the tables on his enemy, for he saw the situation that he was facing in the light of truth. Since David knew that his worth, strength, and purpose all came from God, when Goliath expressed his defiant, angry, and hurtful words to David, he knew that the giant was actually attacking the Lord, and David could respond accordingly.

Like David, we need to face our battles with the confidence that comes from knowing that the Lord is with us. Then we can turn the confrontation into a time of worship, praise, and rejoicing in the promise of victory that God gives to His people. God’s victory is perfected and completed through Jesus, and the giant that is evil in this world is on his death bed; thus, his weapons may seem sharp and dangerous, but they are, in fact, broken and of no use in the face of the Lord.

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