Our Bible verse for today: “David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a sword, 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 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Overcoming is spiritual.”
In his book “Overcomer”, David Jeremiah refers us to examples, from the Bible and from modern life, of people who were overcomers. One of the examples from the Bible is that of they shepherd boy David who confronted the giant Goliath.
Goliath was a muscular giant, by some estimates almost nine feet tall. He was a seasoned warrior in the Philistine army and he was considered their champion. In 1 Samuel 17 we find the armies of the nation of Israel lined up against the armies of the Philistines. Each day Goliath came forward and challenged the Israelites to send out just one man to fight him. Instead of the entire armies engaging each other, the battle would be decided in a fight between Goliath and whoever the Israelites sent out.
But Goliath was a formidable foe and there was no comparable warrior in Israel to oppose him. Each day Goliath came forward shouting his challenges, mocking Israel and mocking the God of Israel, but no one had the courage to face him. When David showed up on the scene he was astonished to discover that nobody responded to Goliath’s challenge – not even when he mocked their God. So David, even though he was just a boy, decided that he would face Goliath and, long story short, David won. You can read the rest of the story for yourself in 1 Samuel 17.
The lesson for us is that the key to David overcoming the challenge he faced from Goliath was spiritual not physical. It certainly appeared physical, but it was really a spiritual issue. As David Jeremiah points out in his book, if you read the passage in 1 Samuel 17 closely you discover that the three characteristics used to describe Goliath were all physical – they were size, sight, and shout. He was big, he was frightening, and he was loud. The three terms used to describe David are all spiritual – they were conviction, courage, and confidence. Goliath was relying on his physical attributes. David was relying on God. And it was no contest.
This is true for us too. In our own power, as mere men and women, we can easily be defeated by the giants we have to face. But when we turn the battle over to God we can face the situation with conviction, courage, and confidence.
The story of David and Goliath is in the Bible for a reason. It’s there as an example for us. Ultimately your situation (no matter how big and bad it seems) is a spiritual issue much more than it is a physical challenge. Turn it over to God and trust Him to help you deal with it.