1 Samuel 17:29 “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
When faced with difficult situations and circumstances, some rise to the occasion and succeed while others flounder. But when what we face is in every way impossible, most of us shrink from engaging, let alone attempting anything.
As children of the living God, we have been given access to wisdom, power, protection, and provision for our every need.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
One giant of a man was able to stop the army of Israel in its tracks by challenging them in single, man-on-man combat. They camped across the valley from each other at a standstill. Goliath taunted and mocked the Israelites every day.
Then, along comes David.
He sees and hears this man defy the armies of Israel. David thought it was incredulous that his nation’s troops stood by and allowed this Philistine to say the things he did about their God.
It was not a passionate gesture of patriotism, nor was it anger that motivated David. It was a sincere love for God that caused his heart to be pained with the words of the giant that day.
The army of Israel saw a man taller and more robust than they were. David saw God dwarfing the giant that stood before him.
By faith, David stepped out onto that battlefield armed with nothing but a staff, a sling, and five smooth stones. David’s faith was about to take the next step. He testified of the bear and the lion that God allowed him to kill. This giant who defied God would be no different.
As he stepped in front of Goliath, I can almost hear the Philistines laughing and the Israelites doubt rising. Goliath mocks his opponent. But David responds:
1 Samuel 17:46 “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
These are bold words for such a young man. But the motivation behind it revealed a faith that was devoid in the soldiers that watched on that day.
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.”
Faith drove David to let him be the tool for all to see how big God really was.
When I think about the events that took place that day, David not only saw his God as more significant than the enemy that stood before him. David had faith that the God that worked in and through him to kill a bear and a lion would deliver him and the nation of Israel from the Philistine army.
When faced with the impossibilities in our lives, do we have vision enough to see just how big our God is?
Can God help our finances?
Can God cure cancer?
Can God heal a broken marriage or family?
Can God deliver from the bonds of our stubborn habits or addictions?
Can God save our country from destruction?
Can God bring back my wayward child?
All these and more are real issues we face. We cannot view them with our eyes and think all is lost.
When circumstances come upon us, the first response is typically fleshly and emotional. Afterward, we need to engage our faith to see what God can do. We should search the scriptures to find the promise of God that is for our specific situation and circumstance.
Recently, I learned of a dear lady who had inoperable brain cancer. At first, my heart sank, thinking how would her husband and family go on without her. Fatalistic, I know.
Then, I realized that we had all been given an excellent opportunity to see the hand of God do something miraculous. My prayers were no longer for the family to bear the burden of her loss. They became prayers of praise for the healing I knew He could give if it was in His will to do so.
Instead of gloom, despair, and agony of heart, I had hope and an expectancy that buoyed me through the trials to come. Ultimately, she succumbed to cancer and went home to be with the Lord.
You might think God didn’t answer our prayers. She left behind her family and a church to grieve their loss. In my minimal capacity to see and know all God has planned, I realize that His way is far better than anything we could ever ask or think.
I learned to trust even when He doesn’t answer the way I think or want Him to.
When we experience the death of a loved one, it is precious to God.
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Succumbing to God’s will when it doesn’t line up with mine takes faith and humility. Grieving is hard, but we can exercise our faith knowing God is working it out for our good.
When faced with impossible situations and circumstances, and we cannot see our way, allow your faith to be put to the test. You’ll be surprised what the Lord can and will do!