The text in the 17th chapter of 1 Samuel tells us that Goliath came out morning and afternoon for 40 days with the same challenge of freedom or slavery for God’s people depending on the outcome of a fight with him. Our day-to-day fight, often has the same recurring “Goliaths” come out against us try to control our lives by fear and doubt. That control will leave us where Goliath left Israel at the end of 40 days – right where they started.
We may have the heart of David yet have a weak faith from the day to day struggles we have lived. David did not even tell Goliath what weapon he himself possessed or how he would conquer him he simply started with a faith in God who had kept him safe all his life would continue to keep him that way and then he conquered the Goliath in his life.
In doing so he opened the door from where he was, to being the King of a nation. God has a purpose for each of us and the Goliath we find in our way may serve a purpose in helping strengthen our faith in God and for others to see how we deal with struggle and how God provides in our lives and will do the same for them. May our prayer today be to connect our heart and our faith to conquer the Goliath that is holding us back. God’s purpose for us is not one of slavery but of freedom and truth.
May the 40 days of Lent lead us in God’s Word to challenge the Goliath’s of sin in our lives and live as David did to find God’s safety and security in His purpose for us.
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