“For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So, David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.” (1 Samuel 17:21-24, NKJV).
Doubtless, we’ve all found ourselves facing circumstances with overwhelming odds. As a believer, we know God knows everything concerning us; He never takes His eye off of us and is faithful to take care of us and supply our needs.
In the passage above, the Israelites found themselves facing an army whose champion was one of the giants of old. Estimates place Goliath’s height anywhere from 9-13 feet tall. Either way, he was enormous and was, “A man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:33, NKJV). For 40 days, morning and evening, Goliath would step forward and taunt Israel, keeping them paralyzed in fear. Perhaps you’ve felt that way about some adversity you’re facing right now – like it will never go away; there to taunt you morning and night.
We should never count God out when it comes to His love for His covenant people. Israel had a worthless king; Saul, a coward more concerned with what people thought than what God thought. Never forget, “God uses foolish things to put to shame the wise, and weak things to put to shame the mighty.” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NKJV). Nothing is impossible with God. When facing a difficult challenge, we should always remember, God may very likely use something completely unreasonable to correct our situation. Why? Because He can!
In this case, He chose a youth tending sheep in the fields. While David may not have had experience as a soldier, he’d learned how to praise the Lord in the middle of a wilderness. As He ministered to the Lord in the field, David was clothed with strength, and was enabled to kill a lion and a bear with his bare hands. I encourage you today, in the middle of your wilderness, begin praising the Lord and watch Him empower you to overcome.
David’s sheep-tending skills, while necessary, weren’t the only reason God chose to use him. Some theologians believe David may have been the product of an indiscretion of Jesse’s. David was kept hidden out of the way; swept under the rug. His brothers certainly didn’t have much use for him. So, it is reasonable to assume David had his own set of chains to break free from. God loves to show grace in the most amazing ways.
Not only did God use David to defeat Israel’s enemy, He placed David on the throne as king. As you trust in God today, rest assured, He wants to break your chains and, as with David, use you to free others also, no matter your history or pedigree.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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