‘Today the Lord will conquer you.’ 1 Samuel 17:46 NLT
Goliath’s ancestors were Israel’s long-standing enemies. When Joshua entered the Promised Land, he annihilated them all—except for a few isolated pockets like the area where Goliath eventually came from. Why is that important to note? Because if you don’t kill the enemy, he’ll rise to fight you again. Maybe you’re wrestling with issues your parents and grandparents grappled with; things like addiction, marriage problems, anger, worry and depression.
David put ‘five… stones from a stream… into his shepherd’s bag’ (1 Samuel 17:40 NLT) because he didn’t know how many he’d need to complete the job. Goliath had four brothers, after all. There are certain ‘stones’ you need to conquer the giants in your life.
(1) Be relentless. It may take more than a day, a month, or even a year to see results. But with God’s help you’ll win if you persevere.
(2) Get God involved. God’s priority is His reputation, and David’s objective was to defend it by declaring, ‘There is a God in Israel.’ (1 Samuel 17:46 NLT)
(3) Keep praying and believing God for victory. ‘Pray in the Spirit at all times.’ (Ephesians 6:18 NLT) Rehearsing your hurts won’t heal them and cataloguing your problems won’t solve them. But prayer will.
(4) Recall your earlier victories. David announced, ‘The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine.’ (1 Samuel 17:37 NLT) When you’re afraid of the future, call to mind God’s past faithfulness: ‘Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given.’ (1 Chronicles 16:12 NLT) With God’s help you can conquer the giants in your life!
SoulFood: Deut 18:9–18, Dan 2, Isa 47:5–15, Acts 16:16–34
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023