1 Samuel 17:45-17 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
Every single day, we wake up to a world that looks more chaotic than the day that came before. We wake up facing a new battle, or perhaps we are still trying to win the battle of the previous day. Yes, my friends, we are living in a Goliath world. There is a battle around every corner, and with the huge Goliath looking battles ensuing, to the rest of the world, we may appear to be a lanky, little shepherd boy, a teenage kid, who has no strength or might. Sometimes we too feel small to face the battle. We feel like that little shepherd boy who was too small to wear the king’s armor. We may feel that we are very minute in comparison to this giant that we are facing. If we look in the mirror of life through worldly eyes, we will indeed see ourselves as very small, and we will see the giant problems we face as humongous and overbearing, but if we look through the lens of Christ we see a completely different picture.
We can not look at our Goliaths as the world does. No, my friends, the world will lead us astray every time. The world will make us feel afraid, small, and we will feel as though we have lost the battle even before it has begun. We must only look to God first. He is bigger than any Goliath in our life. He is bigger than any battle that we are facing, and He will deliver us every single time. The armor of the world will not sit well on our shoulders. It will never fit like it is supposed to fit, but the armor of God fits perfectly every single time. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:13-18)
Yes, the armor of our God fits every time, and that armor provides the exact amount of protection and strength needed when battles come our way. When a battle rages on in your life, stand firm in your faith. Before anything else, put that battle in the hands of our Savior. The definition of savior is a person who saves something or someone from danger. In Christianity, the definition of Savior is the redeemer of sin and the saver of souls. God sent His Son to be our Savior, the redeemer of our sins and the saver of our souls. Christ was the atonement for each of us so that we may have a direct line to the Father. He is our Savior! What do we need when we are facing the battles of life? We need a Savior, and fortunately we already have a Savior! So let us stand firm in our faith when we face a battle because we know that it has already been won. Stand your ground, tighten the belt of truth and put on the body armor of righteousness. Put the shoes of peace on your feet that carries the Good News. Hold up that shield of faith. Let the world know that the battle is not ours, but it is the Lords. Put on the helmet of salvation. Let that saving grace rule your head and your heart. Don’t forget the sword of the Spirit. Read the Word of God and read it often. And never, ever forget to pray.
How did David defeat Goliath? He didn’t. Oh, I know the scripture says that he threw a stone from his slingshot and struck the giant in the head and he fell, and then he cut off his head. That is true. But even David knew that he wouldn’t defeat that giant alone. He knew that he alone did not have it within to him to stand up to that giant, but David, although he was a young, ruddy boy, was already mature with the wisdom given to him by the Father. He knew that the defeat would not be from him, but rather it belonged to the Lord. David knew that the Lord would defeat Goliath. He even announced it to this giant of a man, “Today the Lord will conquer you.”
Take a few moments to consider the battles that are challenging you today. Are you trying to take on these challenges on your own? We are nothing more than a ruddy teenager coming up against a giant if we attempt to fight life’s battles alone. However, if we put on the armor of God, and we hand over the battles to our Savior, God will fight our battles for us. Keep the faith. Stand firm. Grab the sword, and stay in the Word. God will take care of the rest. We can all be a David in this crazy old world full of Goliaths. Allow God to fight for you! He never loses!