“So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.


As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. ‘Have you seen the giant?’ the men asked. ‘He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!’
David asked the soldiers standing nearby, ‘What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God’?” 1 Samuel 17: 20-26 (NLT)



David’s father sent him to go check on his brothers who were fighting for Israel. David had stayed behind at home, shepherding his sheep. When he arrived at the scene, there was all of this commotion. David heard Goliath defying God as the others did, but what they heard was different. The other men heard Goliath and ran in fear. Their question to David was if he had seen the giant. But, David started asking different questions, because he had heard something different. Instead of hearing an enemy threatening and intimidating the army, David heard a man who was against his God. So instead of going and looking to see the giant and respond to the question in the same manner as the other men, David wanted to know who this person was standing against God. All of these men were in the exact same situation, but David’s mindset was different. He wasn’t as concerned about the particularities of the giant as he was confident in God’s ability to deliver them. How he approached the battle enabled him to believe God, even when the odds were against him.


When we face battles, we can start listening to the fear and anxiety expressed by those around us or even ourselves. The conversations that we have serve to increase or decrease our faith. The manner in which we are asking questions can cause us to doubt or believe. David had a different perspective than the other fighting men. David knew that there would always be battles. It didn’t matter whether the foe was a lion, bear, or giant. The same God who delivers could bring victory again. When we reframe our situation and stop looking at the size of the obstacle, the lens of faith enables us to see it for what it is. God wants to give you fresh faith and vision for the battles you are facing, but it starts with turning your heart to Him instead of being fixated on the problem. The victory doesn’t rest on the size or scope of the situation you are facing. God holds the victory. When we understand that truth, it enables us to face foes without fear because of our confidence in our God. Stop measuring the size of the obstacle by your own standards. God is able to do far more than you can ask or imagine.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

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