Life has its challenges, some we manage relatively easily, others, “giants”, significantly impact our lives.

The story of David and Goliath recorded in 1 Samuel 17 has several lessons worthy of our consideration.

* Giants reveal who we, bring to light our character.
* Victories are won in the training. Our life training is preparation for our challenges.
* Faith practiced in the lesser battles equip us to overcome.

Even with these lessons in mind we can still face doubts and failure, and the “if only” question is on our lips. If only I had more faith?

This leads us to a greater lesson.


So often we look at the giant then look at ourselves and see our inadequacy.

Listen to the words of 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV,

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. [46] This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. [47] All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

So often we read a Bible story in isolation however, the story is a part of the unfolding revelation of God. This same God wants to reveal himself to us, give us an ongoing revelation of himself in the midst of our circumstances. We are not alone, he is with us. Furthermore we belong to God’s community and so we face our giants in community.

This is my paraphrase of Deb Sorensen’s sermon this morning. Deb is the. Associate Pastor @ one2one church.


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