So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 1 Samuel 17:50
Recently, the USA Women’s hockey team won the gold medal as they defeated Canada. However, this wasn’t an easy task. The Canadians were heavily favored to win because they had previously won the last four Winter Olympics. Despite the odds against them team, USA believed that they could pull off the upset. Their faith in one another gave them the strength and courage to defeat Canada (Goliath).
You might be feeling like team USA today. The odds are against you and nobody thinks you’re going to win. The opponent that you are facing is big, strong and intimidating. You might be the underdog, but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost the game yet. Team USA found their strength and courage by having faith in one another. Well, our strength and courage is found when we place our faith in God. A perfect example of this is in the Biblical account of David versus Goliath.
In studying this passage of Scripture, we find that nobody believed in David. They felt that this young boy couldn’t defeat a champion like Goliath. Even though there were many doubters, David knew that he could overcome this Philistine. Why was this young shepherd boy so confident? It was because of his faith in God. He already knew what God had done for him.
1 Samuel 17:37- Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
David acknowledged the victories that God had already given to him. He knew that if God did it then that He would do it again. David’s past triumphs strengthened his faith in God. This is the reason he was so fearless against Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:45- Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
Strengthen your faith by remembering the times that God has given you the victory. When you do this that’s when you’ll be fearless and overcome Goliath.