1 Samuel 17:47 “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.”
On December 26th, 2004, the world’s second most powerful earthquake took over 230,000 lives. For those in Thailand, it was a surreal scene. As the huge tsunami wave approached, curiosity turned to fear, and fear to flight, albeit too late for many. Swept into the sea, beaten about by cars, bricks and debris, many succumbed to the strength of the water.
Victor Israelsson was 12 years old when his family left Sweden to vacation in Khao Lok, Thailand. he left that country alone, and forever changed. He was battered about when the wave hit, but he fought and continued to fight. He was rescued and hospitalized for a time, but as the days and weeks went on, he realized that he had lost his family forever.
He says of the disaster;”I never compare sorrows. I never regret anything I didn’t have control over.”
How we approach our problems is telling.
Some seem to shrink in the face of the least bit of adversity. Others seem to thrive on that environment. We measure our strength versus that which we face and judge whether or not we will succeed. Yet, there are times when we are thrust into situations and circumstances that seem impossible.
The armies of Israel stood before the Philistine army ready to do battle. On to the field steps a giant – eleven feet four inches high. Not only was Goliath tall, but strong. His very presence was so intimidating, that men dared not even approach him.
Yet, here comes this seemingly young man unfazed by the size, stature and bravado of this giant.
David comes in obedience to his father and finds the armies facing off across a valley. He sees this giant of a man come out and defy the armies of Israel; cursing God.
David is called into question by his brothers for inquiring after this giant and his famous reply:
1 Samuel 17:29 “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
David knew long before he stepped onto the battlefield that day that His God was the Creator and Ruler of the universe. In comparison, this little man who defied the armies of Israel and cursed God, would have to die.
The key to David’s victory was two-fold.
First, his view of God was broader and higher than any man on the battlefield that day.
And second, David’s faith had been grown to face this battle. He had slew a lion and a bear. He knew that it was God that delivered him and God would deliver him from this giant as well.
For us and the battles we face, it is all a matter of perspective. Our vision must see what is the difference between success and failure; between faith and fear.
The enemy will cause us to fear out of ignorance. What we do not know about our God will in fact hurt us. Hosea tells us:
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
David saw Goliath as a speck in comparison to how he saw his God. Faith bridged the gap and that faith allowed God to show Himself real throughout the ages.
We may never face a tsunami, but our giants are real enough. But God is greater than them all!