David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you!” – 1 Samuel 17:37
It’s inevitable to move to the next level without facing and defeating the giants of the present level. It’s similar to schooling, until you pass an examination, you are not going to be promoted to the next class.
But as a child of God, 1 John 5:4 and 1 Corinthians 15:57 let us know that we are already victorious. So what should be our attitude towards those challenges (giants) that we face? Let’s take some cues from David.
1. It is important to note that your “high or low level” of annointing, your academical qualification, experiences and the likes does not determine the size of your victory, as far as your eyes can see, that’s how far you can dominate. You are never under-qualified or over-qualified for that victory you have envisioned.
David – although was described in the earlier chapter of 1 Samuel as a man of war – was carrying Saul’s armour and playing harp for him, that tells you he wasn’t yet fit for battle. On getting to the battlefield where Goliath the giant was challenging Isreal, everyone including Saul told him he wasn’t fit to go against the giant. His father chose his other brothers for Samuel to anoint and not him because he didn’t see him as a man of might but GOD DOES NOT CALL THE QUALIFIED, HE QUALIFIES THE CALLED. People have a right to form an opinion about you, you also have a right to accept it or prove them otherwise. So what did David do? This brings me to my 2nd point.
2. Always strive towards success in little things, celebrate and recount your past victories in those things but create opportunity for bigger challenges.
Nobody likes pain but when a Christian goes through pain and challenges, most times, it’s God, like mother eagle stirring the nest so you can learn to fly. When Saul told David he was too young and unqualified to go up against the giant. David was quick to recount how he had killed a lion and a bear that came to attack his sheep. The most interesting part comes next… And that brings me to my 3rd point.
3. Always remember that if God had done it for you before, He is able to do it again. THE CIRCUMSTANCE MAY BE DIFFERENT BUT GOD REMAINS THE SAME.
He cannot fail, it’s just His nature to win. That’s why the bible says (for a believer), the end of a thing is always better than its beginning (Eccl 7:8). David told Saul “This uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them (the lion and the bear). He recalled how God save him and he was able to conquer 2 dangerous animals therefore, he knew that though he has never killed a giant before, this was going to be a milestone victory because it was just a bigger challenge waiting to be solved.
Lastly, David said “who is this uncircumcised philistine to defy the army of the living God.” Let us focus on “the Living God.” If David did not know that he was serving a “living God” and not just some molded image, I’m certain he will not dare to go up against the giant. Spend time to know God, there are so many phases to God that are waiting to be discovered. Read your bible, meditate and pray always and wait on Him to speak to you. Those who know their God will be strong and do great exploit! (Dan 11:32b).
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