Strength to Take on Giants

Ericka Loynes

Read: 1 Samuel 17

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with 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 defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head.” (vv. 45-46)

Have you ever been up against something so overwhelming that you thought you wouldn’t get past it? Maybe you pursued an opportunity that proved to be more challenging than expected, or maybe you had an enemy, or someone you thought a friend, who belittled you and your principles. Whatever you do, don’t let fear grip you to the point where you sit down and stop fighting. I’m not suggesting you get into a fist fight or shouting match. Instead, I’m encouraging you to fight against what seems to be an impossible obstacle, and remember God is your omnipotent ally.

Alliances were customary in the Old Testament. The ultimate alliance was between God and the Hebrews. Stories of how God repeatedly delivered the Hebrews were passed down through generations, so David was no stranger to God’s power. When others looked at how big Goliath was, David looked at how big God is. Relying solely on God’s strength, he fought and defeated Goliath.

Instead of looking at our gigantic problems, we should look to our gigantic God. He has never lost a fight. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: God, remind us that we never need to fight alone. We are backed by your strength.