“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~Romans 8:37 (NKJV)
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in the Book of First Samuel. It is the one about David and Goliath. I think everyone who knows the story is impressed by the fact that the “little guy” stood up against a giant (literally) and came out on top. We love these kinds of stories, don’t we? Movies have been made, books written, and songs sung about these conquerors in life.
I gave a message awhile back in which I spoke about real faith in God, the kind that places its trust and confidence in the One who loves us. It’s interesting to see how so many people continue to place their faith in human beings and circumstances—only to have them go south on them.
I really needed more time to spend talking about this subject in my message, because it’s one that so many of us need to be reminded of daily. There is so much uncertainty in the world today. One doesn’t know who or what can be trusted anymore. Too often, I think, we just stop trusting anyone.
David had a great deal of faith in God to do what he did. I mean, can you imagine a young teenager going up against a battle-hardened Philistine giant nine feet three inches tall? Even if you don’t buy into his height (only because you never met a pro basketball center), consider the strength of this giant: his battle gear weighed over a hundred and twenty-five pounds; the point on his spear weighed some fifteen pounds, and that being on the end of a spear, the size of which is beyond description (a weaver’s beam). But I digress.
At some point in our relationship with God, we have to plunge into the unknown with some measure of faith. When we do this our faith is put to its ultimate test. The hardest thing is giving up control over our lives. (In many respects we still carry the notion that we are “captains of our destiny.”) Faith isn’t just a concept. Someone has described it as “truth in action.” Conquering faith comes from having our faith tested and seeing the faithfulness of a magnificent God come through for us. Occasionally, it’s about the time we think we’re going over the edge!
There can be no doubt when you read this story that you understand why David had such a great faith. Goliath was huge and intimidating, but David knew from whence came his strength—the living and all-sufficient God.
If you’re struggling with an issue in your life, why not turn it over to the One who is more than able to help you conquer it?
Have a blessed day.
-Pastor John Roberts
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.
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