Every morning and evening for forty days, the Israelites and Philistines drew up their battle lines as they prepared to face each other in combat. Saul and the Israelites were dismayed and terrified of the Philistines’ giant champion, Goliath. No man in Israel had the courage to go out and face Goliath except young David. Not only was David fearless - he was courageous. One of my favorite verses is 1 Samuel 17:45. David says to Goliath, “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.” Using his sling and stone, David struck the Philistine dead with one shot to the head and stood in triumph on the battlefield.
How did David become so courageous? In 1 Samuel 17:34-37, David tells Saul about his walk with God. As a shepherd protecting his flock from lions and bears, David experienced God’s protective power firsthand. He wasn’t overwhelmed by circumstances, rather he lived in peace with the faith that our God is above all.
Between the post-modern culture, the COVID-19 pandemic and a volatile economy, the uncertainty in our lives today in 2021 hasn’t changed much from when the Israelites lined up for battle. We all face our own challenges daily, and though it may not literally involve striking down a giant, it certainly can feel that way. Like Saul and the Israelites, we often fall into the trap of depending on our own means and abilities. In this fear-driven culture, how do we fight and win these battles?
The answer is to find what David found, our “Almighty God.” Reading God’s word daily must be the first step. Last year I began my fourth time reading through the Bible, and without fail each time God gives me new guidance, wisdom and “weapons” with which to overcome life’s obstacles. His word is all we need to be victorious in today’s battles, no matter how big or small. I encourage you to pick up a copy of The One Year Bible and follow in David’s footsteps.
Christine and her husband David build custom homes in Dallas. They attend First Baptist Church At The Fields in Carrollton where Christine serves on the Budget and Finance Committee. The Liete's have two children at TCA: Jonathan (7th) and Natalie (1st).