Almost everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. It’s an amazing, inspirational record revealing how God’s power at work in a person’s heart can overcome anything. It’s a reminder of what can happen; what victories can be won, what problems can be solved, and what giants can be defeated when people partner with God.
Many practical lessons can be learned from David’s example. One is the value of confidence. The right kind of confidence is a key to conquering difficult things in life.
As David prepared to attack this domineering, intimidating he-man, it’s helpful to see what he was thinking. What was in David’s mind at that moment?
Fortunately, the Bible tells us. We know what David was thinking by reading what he said! His words revealed his heart. Look at David’s statement to Goliath right before he slings his first (and last) stone:
1 Samuel 17:46-47 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
Do you hear David’s heart? Can you see what he was thinking? David was filled with faith and confidence. He was confident that: 1) God would fight this battle for him and for the people of Israel and, 2) the end result would be victory. He went into the battle as a winner!
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines confidence as “the quality or state of being certain.” That was David!
But what about you? What about the giants that are looming in your life? What about the big battles you’re facing? What about the intimidating enemies threatening you? What can you learn from David?
Here’s something to remember. The same God who was with David that day is with you today! Be confident that He will fight for you. Fix your faith on Him. Don’t wait to be a winner, be a winner now!