I was awakened before 2:00 a.m. and there was a tugging to go into the front room to pray and as I was reading the word, I heard a loud sound. Bam! Bam!
The front window slammed shut with a great force. Instantly my hand was raised and the word spoke from the book of Isaiah chapter 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is me, saith the Lord.”
An angry presence incased the entire front room. I had two choices, flee or stand and confront “my Goliath.” This jogged my memory of the children of Israel when a giant from the camp of the enemy rose up against them. Let’s pick up the story from the book of 1st. Samuel, chapter 17 beginning at Versus 4 … “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
Versus 5 … “And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.”
Versus 6 … “And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.”
Versus 7 “And the staff of his spear was like a weavers beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and one bearing a shield went before him.” Yes, this Goliath was a terror to the entire camp of Israel. Sadly, there was not one soldier who would dare stand against him.
Goliath issued a challenge to the army of Israel to which their response was that of great fear. Verse (8) “And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, why are you come out to set your battle in array? Am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? Choose you a man for you and let him come down to me.”
Verses 9 … “If he be able to fight with me, and kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.” Read of how King Saul and all of Israel responded from verse 11 “When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.”
On your journey if you have not encountered your Goliath you will, but the question to you is will you run or confront your Goliath? I submit to you this day, it is time for you (me too) to confront your Goliath!
During your leisure time, please read 1st. Samuel, chapter 17 in its entirety. I am paraphrasing … God raised up a seemingly unassuming young shepherd boy, whose father had sent him to the army’s camp to take food supplies for his brothers who were soldiers. He heard Goliath defying the God of Israel and a righteous indignation rose up within him and he issued a challenge of his own.
Of course, no one took David seriously and actually his brothers became angry with David and told him to go home, because he did not belong there. Listen, you may have become overwhelmed and perhaps discouraged. You may find yourself questioning the “call” of God on your life, but there will be no change until you confront your Goliath.
To the entire nation of Israel, Goliath was a fierce and consuming, unbeatable, giant. For you, your Goliath could be procrastination, laziness, complacent, addictions, explosive anger, people pleaser, hatred, and every work of the flesh.
For me, as I sat reading the Bible and heard these sounds, Bam! Bam … my eyes saw the window slam shut with such a great force. I came face-to-face with my Goliath!
This time instead of fear gripping my heart, I stood on my feet, went over to the window and rebuked fear with the word.
After I returned to my seat and continued reading the word of God until the dawning of a new day. I had confronted my Goliath, fear. This is what David the shepherd boy did to his Goliath. Verse 45, “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
Versus 46 … “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; I will give the carcases of the Philinstine this day unto the fowls of the air, and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
Versus 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.”
Rise up today, it is time to confront your Goliath not in your own strength but the LORD will fight for you and do to your, Goliath what He did, to Israel’s Goliath. I reiterate it is time for you to confront your Goliath!
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017