“On 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. “- 1 Samuel 17:46
At the age of 13, David faced the biggest giant of his life when he faced Goliath. Goliath was a striking 9 feet tall and he had been daily taunting the soldiers of the Israelite army. None of those soldiers were wanting to face Goliath. In fact, they ran away and hid rather than face this giant. Young David came along and knew that this giant should not be allowed to mock not only the army of God but God Himself.
David knew in his heart that God would deliver this giant into his hands. I love his statement to Goliath from verse 46 above in which he tells the giant that “on this day” he will kill Goliath. What I love even more is that he wants the giant to know that as a result of this that the whole world will know that there is a God in Heaven. David’s trust in God would bring honor, glory, and fame to God and God alone.
What if we would live in such a way? We all face giants in life that can overwhelm us and cause us like the Israelite army to run away. I am convinced that we need to take David’s approach to facing the giants of life. What exactly did David do?
- First, David trusted God to deliver him from this giant. In 1 Samuel 17:37, David told King Saul that God will “deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” We all need to be reminded that God is working on our behalf to provide strength, hope, and even deliverance from the giants we face.
- Next, David armed himself to face this giant. 1 Samuel 17:40 tells us that David chose 5 smooth stones not the king’s armor to face the giant. David took on the armor that God had provided him in the past to overcome giants. We all need to take on the armor God daily with His Word and His Spirit to face our giants.
- David faced the giant head-on with great confidence. David was determined that there would be no running away, no procrastinating, and no putting it off on someone else. He faced that giant head-on with confidence in the Lord and not himself. I pray today that when faced with giants that we too could face our giants with confidence in God.Please remember as 1 John 4:4 tells us “greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.”
- Finally, David wanted to make sure that everyone knew that God gets the credit. I pray that we too would live in a way that gives honor and glory to God through the struggles and battles of life.
It is time to let the world know that we serve an awesome God who will help us with any giant we may face in this lifetime. As the old preacher used to say, “the things that are over our heads are already under His feet.” May the world see this truth lived out in our everyday walk.
“And remember that the Heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time here as temporary residents.” 1 Peter 1:17
We have all heard the term “Teacher’s Pet.” This phrase has been used to indicate who might be the teacher’s favorite in a class. To earn this status, the “Teacher’s Pet” will usually go out of their way to earn favor with the teacher even if it means bringing gifts. However, great teachers do not have favorites but instead will treat all students the same.
Similarly, 1 Peter 1:17 clearly tells us that God has no favorites. The King James Version of this verse says that God is “not a respecter of persons.” In other words, God does not look at our socio-economic status, our looks, our positions, or our titles when He looks at us. God does not give special treatment to anyone. God looks at all of us the same.
First, God looks at who we are in Christ when He looks at us. In fact, the verse above tells us that God will reward or judge us according to what we do. But what does that mean? To begin with, God looks at whether or not we have received Him as Lord and Savior. If we have done that, then God looks at us as His child.
If a person has not trusted Christ as Savior, God still looks at them with an overwhelming love relentlessly pursuing them to follow Him. God’s heart is that all would come to know Him as Lord and Savior.
Once we are His child, then all our sins are forgiven. Romans 8:1 tells us that “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” In essence, we will gain Heaven as our eternal home because our sins are forgiven.
As His child, we can have a close relationship with God according to how we pursue Him, live for Him, obey Him, and serve Him. It will never be on the basis of anything else. However, doing all these things will not make us His favorite. We should never think that we are more important to God than anyone else. We should never allow ourselves to think that God loves us more or our lives are more important than anyone else. God has no favorites!
Rather, we should live in reverent awe and fear, as the last part of 1 Peter 1:17 instructs, so that our lives will honor God and be pleasing to Him. My prayer is that we as Christians would be more like God and love all we come in contact with and keep our hearts from developing favorites!