6 Life-Changing Lessons From David And Goliath
Many times we find ourselves facing what seems like insurmountable obstacles. If (when) that happens to you, follow David's strategy as outlined in 1 Samuel 17 and you, too, will be victorious:
1. Focus on God's promises, not the size of your problem.
Even though Goliath was approximately 9 feet and 9 inches tall (1 Samuel 17:4) and David was just a kid, focusing on God's promises gave him confidence.
One promise to hold onto is Deuteronomy 11:25 NLT: No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole world.
2. Recognize that God is:
a. With you. (I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 ESV)
b. Bigger than your problem. (With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26 NIV)
It is easy to listen to Satan's lies that you are on your own and that your problem is impossible to overcome. David refused to succumb to either of those lies.
3. Tune out discouragement.
As soon as David indicated that he would take on this giant, the naysayers began. First, there was his brother, "Why did you come down here...I know the pride and the insolence of your heart." (verse 28) and then from the king, of Israel, "You are not able...for you are a youth." (verse 33)
When you are facing an obstacle, even those closest to you may tell you you can't overcome it. However, refusing to listen to their negative comments and depending on God will enable you to overcome any obstacle.
4. Remember what God has done in the past.
Despite the discouragement from his brother and others, David remembered how God had brought him victory in other circumstances. (verses 34-37) "I used to keep my father's sheep, and when a lion or bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it rose against me...I killed it. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and be bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
When facing a difficult circumstance, it is always helpful to look back at circumstances through which God has brought you. Since he has done it in the past, you can be sure that he will do it again. Armed with that confidence, you can tackle your present circumstance.
5. Use your available resources.
Since David was a shepherd boy, he used the shepherd's staff, bag, pouch, stones and his sling - weapons he had used in previous battles. (verse 40) "Then he took his staff in his hand...five smooth stones...and put them in a shepherd's bag, in a pouch, and his sling was in his hand."
When facing a difficult circumstance, you have a choice: You can focus on what you do not have ("If Only I had....") or you can capitalize on what you do have.
Ephesians 2:10 says you are God's masterpiece. As such, you have many resources: unique gifts, talents, physical attributes, a personality, strengths, etc.
Ask: "What is in my "bag"? How will I use it to achieve victory over my problem?
6.Tell your problem how big your God is.
When facing a problem, we tend to tell God how big our problem is. David flipped the script and told his problem (Goliath) how big his God is - (verse 45) "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts..whom you have defiled." David continued in verse 45..."For the battle is the Lord's."
David confidently acknowledged that God was not only bigger than his problem, but that God would give him the victory.
As we know, David ran toward Goliath and killed him with one stone.
So, what is your Goliath? Is it a health issue? Unemployment? A family problem? A relationship problem? It does not matter. If God can use a single stone to slay a giant who was more than 9 feet tall, he can certainly give you the victory over whatever problem you are facing.