Most people are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. I read it again this week and saw a verse that I never paid much attention to before. Let me set the scene. There is a giant of a man threatening the army of Israel. This man is 9 feet 9 inches tall (just under 3 meters). To put that in perspective, a basketball hoop is 10 feet from the ground (three meters). The man is bulky and comes armed with a sword, a spear, and a javelin. Then we have David, a teenage boy with no military experience. He is a shepherd but has defended his flock of sheep from bears and lions. He is armed with a slingshot and five tiny stones. David alone has agreed to face the giant.
As we read the story in I Samuel 17, we see something interesting in verse 48, “As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.” What? The teenage kid ran to face his giant attacker? We know what happened. Before Goliath had a chance to throw his javelin or spear, David put a stone in his slingshot, slung it round, released it, hitting Goliath in the forehead. Killed instantly the giant fell down. How could young David display such courage? It’s because he knew he had more than a slingshot.
David knew and fully believed that God could do anything. He also knew that Goliath not only had no belief in God, but despised all thought of Him. God was fully on David’s side. God doesn’t change. Therefore, He is fully on the side of all who believe Him and receive His gift of salvation. When we become a part of the family of God, we instantly inherit access to the Holy Throne. Therefore, we have access to God’s own courage. We walk in a new dimension through all our days; a dimension where “old things are passed away and all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17) It’s a dimension where “nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) It’s a dimension that allows us, not only to face our fears and challenges head on, but to run out to meet them, believing that we are indeed conquerers in Christ.
As we are reminded in Romans 8:30-31 where we read of God in His desires for His children, “…He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory. What shall we say then about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
Now that’s a reason to “run out to meet” our every difficulty. No challenge is insurmountable when we carry the slingshot of God’s promises and walk in His holy dimension where all things are possible.