Facing the Giant

“You come at me with sword, spear, and javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord . . . whom you have defied. This day the he will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and take your head from you” (David to Goliath, 1 Samuel 17).

“Run away! Run away! We’d better not risk another frontal assault—that rabbit’s dynamite!” (King Arthur to his knights, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”).

Every time you face fear, rejection, offense, or pain, you can try to push it down and control it, try to ignore and run away from it, or you can respond to it with what God is saying about it. Every circumstance you encounter is a door to what God says is possible. Surrendering to fear—or any negativity—keeps it closed. Responding in faith, hope, and love opens it to reveal who God wants to be for the person he sees in you.

David wasn’t afraid, because he chose to see this encounter in complete peace, instead of through the fear of the natural circumstances. David had experienced God’s faithfulness in the past, and trusted in what God had said about his future. Therefore, he could fight in boldness, and confidently leave the results to God.

What part of God’s character is he inviting you to experience more of right now?

What is he saying about who you are?

How does he want to equip you for the circumstances you’re facing?

What mindset is he encouraging you to engage your life with?

Where is the Holy Hand Grenade?

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