In the 17th chapter of 1 Samuel, the text 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 struggles often have the same recurring “Goliaths” come out against us, trying 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 and weak in our faith.
THE GOLIATH IN OUR LIVES
We may have the heart of David yet have a weak faith from the day-to-day struggles we have lived in. David did not even tell Goliath what weapon he himself possessed or how he would conquer him. David simply started with a faith that God, who had kept him safe all his life, would continue to keep him that way until he conquered the “Goliath” in his life.
God has a purpose for each of us when we find ourselves up against the Goliath in our lives. Our struggle 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.
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