His name was Anthony and we were in the fifth grade. He had already hit his stride in the growth spurt and was already a little older than the rest of us. Looking back, I know what was happening, but was completely unaware at the time. All I knew was that he picked on everyone. He would slap them. He would hit them. He would talk smack. On one particular day, he focused his attention on the smallest boy in the class. Incensed, I stepped in and let the victim roll out. I caught him at an awkward moment and jumped on top. Somehow we ended up under a table. I raised my hand and hit the table. This caused just enough pause that the teacher came in. Needless to say, the office was the next stop. Anthony didn’t mess with us anymore that year. The giant had been taken down.
David walked up on the army of Israel when Goliath stepped up and shouted. This was not just a shout against the armies of Israel, but were shouts against the integrity, power, and majesty of God. He was calling into question the nature of God and the covenant! David couldn’t stand it and stepped in to do something. As you might guess, this is the sling and 5 stones story. David fought the giant and won.
What major issues are you facing right now? They loom large, weigh heavy, and cause stress, anxiety, or despair. Maybe it’s a boss who taunts you. Maybe it’s a spouse, child, or family member that has disappointed or betrayed you. Maybe you’re dealing with health issues with your parents, or a child is sick. Financial limitations stress us out and break marriages.
How do we deal with these problems? Like the Israelites, we feel hopeless to do anything. We feel that God’s promises are only true for others. David, though, believed in the covenant. He trusted in God’s Word. He made a choice to fight the giant. Here are 5 steps to victory:
- Consider the situation. David got to a point, quickly, that something must be done. Until you are truly fed up and ready to act you will lose. You will be trembling in the trenches like David’s brothers. But, when you get to the point that you are tired of hearing God’s promises taunted, then you will be ready for victory. The first thing you must do is consider the situation worthy of the fight. If it is not worth changing then you need to stop letting it control you. If it is worth changing keep reading.
- Have the courage to step out. David wondered, “Why not me? Why not now?” Are you there? Once we decide the problem is worth the fight courage is the next step. Stop waiting for someone, anyone, to handle YOUR problems. God has allowed them into your space. Will you trust? Will you jump off the ledge of fear and grab onto the courage God’s Spirit has planted within you? Why not you? Why can’t you be the change you want to see happen?
- Count the cost. David felt that the mocking of God was so critically bad that he was willing to die if need be. He evaluated the situation. He stepped up to Saul and pronounced he would handle the problem – HIM. He was the youngest. He was the smallest. BUT, he was willing to die for what he believed. Are you ready to lose if you must? What if you lose your job? Do you trust God? What if you lose your kids or your spouse? Do you trust God? What if you DO lose your life which is very possible in parts of our world today? Do you trust God? Count this cost. If you are not willing to pay the price, stop reading now. If you are ready, keep reading.
- Confidence to speak up in prayer. David engaged in this fight in the name of the Lord, for God’s glory. Read that again. He was doing this for God’s glory not his own. He did receive quite a bit, but only because that was not his aim. If you want the glory just stop. You may win but it will be very hollow. Possibly, you will only trade one issue for another. Self-made confidence is far weaker than spirit-filled confidence. David had experience and education, but his real strength was in the relationship he had with God. Go in that confidence.
- Cast your stone for victory. David only used one of the five stones he picked up. I don’t know why he picked five, but he did. What I notice is that it only took one. God will use your gifts and talents matched with our courage and pure confidence in God to give you victory. David achieved this victory immediately. Those in Hebrews 11 did not all see what they fought for come to conquest, but it did.
God demands his glory. We are put in situations where that can happen if we have the courage and confidence to fight for the conquest. As was once shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”