The story of David versus Goliath can teach us a lot about the trials in our own lives. David was going up against a behemoth of a man in Goliath and no doubt at times probably wondered if he had made the right decision. In the same way, we all have “Goliaths” in our lives from time to time and its easy for us to get scared, to think to ourselves that there is no way we can handle this, and to run away.
The “Goliath” in your life could be a circumstance. Maybe you recently lost your job and there seems no way in this economy that you will ever be able to find a job again. Not only that, the bills are piling up and you wonder if you can ever pay them on time.
Maybe its a relationship in your life that is taking a lot out of you. Maybe its an addiction that has controlled most of your life, hurting yourself, others, and God. And you wish you could just break free from it once and for all. So let me ask you, what is the Goliath in your life?
Whatever it is know this…its something that stands in the way between where you are and where God wants you to be. So what are some ways that you can handle the trials that seem so large and scary in your life?
Here are 3 tips:
1) Realize that you are not alone – understand that whatever you are going through is something that someone, somewhere is either going through now or has gone through before. That is one of the reasons fellowship is so critical in our walk with God. There are numerous support groups out there for Christians and you simply have to be willing and open to be vulnerable with others….this makes you strong NOT weak!
2) Learn to trust God on life’s road – sometimes God allows these Goliaths to come into our lives to test us, to help us grow and to rely on God for everything. Think about your past when you were going through a difficult time that seemed insurmountable, how did it turn out? Most times we find that we grew from those trials more than any other time in our life. Not only that, understand that the problems are never as big as they seem, even if they seem big to us they are small in compared to our God.
3) Persevere! – In order to go through and face our Goliath’s in life we must persevere. How many times have you been through something where you persevered instead of giving up? Maybe it was for a week, for a month, for a year. But what happened in the end? You preserved just a little longer and then you were blessed. Learn to persevere through the toughest times.
I pray that this has helped you and I leave you now with a scripture that came to me while reading the story of David and Goliath.
“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.” -1 Samuel 17:45