All of us have a Goliath in our lives at one time or another. They look and act differently at different times and seasons of our lives. A Goliath can be many things. Financial, physical, mental or emotional trials for ourselves or those we love. Difficult decisions that must be made can seem too big for us. The loss of friendship or job; divorce or a dream that never comes true, death of a loved one. The list is endless.
Sometimes our Goliath seems small and inconsequential to others but to us they are giants. How we face our Goliath determines the outcome. Are we beaten down and overcome by our circumstances or do we overcome the adversary and have victory?
How do we face Goliath? And how effective or successful or even sensible are our strategies and methods?
We can cry and wail and feel sorry for ourselves. This helps a bit at first but long term it has no value. So get it over with and move on.
We can run and hide. At first it may be comforting to curl up in our bed and pull the blanket up over our head. We may even get some much needed rest. But giants are stubborn and persistent and will just wait for us to come out of hiding. So get up and get ready for the battle.
We can be strong and brave and fight the giant all by ourselves. Silly notion. Goliath is big, a giant, with lots of experience in conquering the arrogant, prideful and foolish. This is just not a good idea.
And my personal favorite. Denial. A problem, a crisis, a giant in my path? No big deal. Just let it be, ignore it, it will go away. Never works. A Goliath never just goes away. It must be dealt with and the sooner the better.
So how do we accomplish the impossible?
Face Goliath! Acknowledge that it exits, know what it is and what brought it into being and why it is in your life.
But do not face Goliath alone! There is One who desires to share our burdens, trials and troubles. One who will not leave us no matter how big the Goliath. One who will give us all the strength, courage, wisdom and fortitude needed to fight the battle and to slay the giant.
We only have to ask.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
But I wonder how often do we ask? And I wonder when we do ask do we believe, really believe, that we will not be abandoned to face Goliath alone?