Our True Champion
Fear can paralyze us - leading us to believe that moving in any direction will result in something bad. In fact, we can become afraid to face our fears mostly because we are afraid of facing them alone.
As the Israelites faced the daily boasts of Goliath, they cowered at his challenge. He loomed over the Israelite army, standing taller than everyone else in their camp. Day after day, Goliath challenged the Israelites until a man stepped forward, one who was brave enough to stand up to him - even though he was only half Goliath's size.
David, who refused to use King Saul's armor, could not believe the boasts of this man. Though Goliath towered over him, David saw no need to hide in fear from this gargantuan mortal.
Despite what seemed to be a one-sided challenge, David knew that he was not alone. As we read his writings in Psalms, we come to understand that he had a keen awareness of God's protective presence. Standing in front of Goliath would be no different for David than facing a bear or a lion bent on killing one of his father's sheep.
While Goliath struck fear in the hearts of many men, David was brave enough to accept his challenge, knowing the Lord would be with him. A true champion knows he never faces any challenge or difficulty alone; God is with him.
As we face the challenges of this world, we must remember that God is the true champion. The victories we obtain come as a result of God's power at work in our lives. In every circumstance, He desires the best for us.
Prayer: Lord, as I face my fears, help me to realize You are always the source of my victory. May You always receive all of the glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle" (Psalm 24:8).