We all face problems as Christians. It is a myth to believe that once a person is saved they suddenly live a life of harp playing and cloud sitting. In fact, I would argue that I have had MORE problems being a saved person than I did before. If the enemy is leaving you alone it is usually because he is happy with you right where you are. So, if you experience trials, listen to James…
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3 (ESV)
This being said, some of our problems are, at times, quite large. We may have failing marriages, job loss, health problems. We are not immune just because we are Christians. The difference is not in whether or not we have problems..it is in how we handle them.
Goliath was someone’s big problem! Goliath was a Philistine and a giant. The Bible tells us he stood six cubits and a span, which is about 9’9”. He was a big dude!! He was heavily armed with a helmet of bronze, a coat of mail that weighed 5,000 shekels of bronze…about 125lbs. Imagine wearing a coat that weighed 125 lbs!! His legs were armed with bronze and he had a bronze javelin between his shoulders. He had a spear whose head alone weighed 600 shekels of iron, or about 15lbs.
The Philistines were at war with the Israelites. The Philistines stood on a mountain and Israel on another mountain with a valley in between the two. Each day..twice a day in fact…this giant Goliath would come out and taunt Israel, demanding someone come out and fight him. In fact, he did this for 40 days. In those 40 days no one would go out and fight him. That is a good indication of how terrifying this guy was.
Off somewhere in a field was young David, the son of Jesse. His brothers were off doing battle with the Philistines but David, a teen, was tending his father’s sheep. Jesse calls David and asks him to bring food to his brothers who are off at battle. So, David takes the food and heads down to where his brothers were. As he is speaking with his brothers, Goliath comes out and begins taunting Israel. David hears this and is intrigued. He asks what would be done for the man who kills this menace. He is told King Saul will give that man riches, his daughter in marriage, and the man’s father’s house will not have to pay taxes. I guess that was enough for young David because he says he will fight Goliath.
Goliath comes out and begins taunting Israel Click To Tweet
So, word of this gets to Saul and he calls David to speak to him and is shocked when he sees this kid standing there. He basically tells David he can’t do this because he is just a youth. David starts telling the King about how he has killed a lion and a bear..basically giving his resume..and that Goliath will be just like them because God will deliver him! So, Saul agrees and starts putting his armor on David. David didn’t have his own armor because he was a shepherd…not a soldier. Now Saul is a big guy himself and David is standing there in this armor that probably looked like a kid when they play dress up in their parents’ clothing. And David just kind of says…uhh…no! Not gonna happen! And he takes the armor off.
You see the world tells us we have to solve a problem a certain way. It wants us to fit into the world’s way of doing things…it wants us to put on its armor! But it doesn’t fit us. Like David we need to look at this armor that belongs to someone else and say…
I cannot walk with this!!!You see the world tells us we have to solve a problem a certain way Click To Tweet
We should not walk in the way the world wants to equip us for battle. The battle belongs to the Lord!!
David stripped off the armor and relied on God to cover him.David stripped off the armor and relied on God to cover him. Click To Tweet
So, David grabs a staff, five smooth stones from a brook and a sling and heads out. And here comes Goliath out to taunt again and sees David there and says,
“Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” 1 Samuel 17:43 (NKJV)
David informs him that he comes to him in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom he (Goliath) defiles (1 Samuel 17:45)
Then he goes on to tell Goliath exactly what he is going to do to him! I am sure Goliath found this amusing. He was a child after all!
Then it says David ran TOWARD Goliath! He didn’t wait for Goliath to come at him…he ran head first into the problem!! He takes out a stone and hits Goliath right in the forehead where it sinks into his head. Goliath falls dead to the ground and then David takes out Goliath’s sword and cuts off his head. Just as he said he would.
What Goliath are you facing? What problem is taunting you? No matter how big your problem may seem, no matter how impossible it may seem, God will deliver you from it. Your problem may be huge but we don’t serve a little God. We serve a God who parted the Red Sea for Moses, made the sun stand still for Joshua, delivered Goliath to a shepherd boy, and moved a stone to defeat sin and death. Our God is the same God who did all these things! If He could make the sun stand still how impossible do you think your problem is for him?
What Goliath are you facing? What problem is taunting you? Click To Tweet
Don’t put on someone else’s armor. You can’t solve your problems with someone else’s solutions. You need to rely on God for the solution and have the faith and the trust that He will do it. And then, like David, face your problem head on..not running from it but running toward it with God in prayer! It may not look like you expect it to. But if you trust in the Lord, He will give you the grace to get through the problem and the blessing on the other side.