We all have one….or more!
The story of David and Goliath is far more than a lesson for a children’s Sunday School class and has a powerful application to each believer’s life today. A Goliath, or giant, in our life can be any number of things--an attitude we have difficulty controlling, a habit which is bad for us or another person who seems intent on making our life miserable. Without a doubt you can think of something that has taken on gigantic proportions in your life at one time or another.
The question is how to fight these giants. In the story of David and Goliath, the army of Israel had been taunted by Goliath for many days and the army just hadn’t been able to defeat him. Isn’t that just the way the giants in our lives behave? They have their own way of taunting us. If, for example, you’ve made a decision to avoid foods that are bad for you because you know your health is going to suffer, suddenly all you can ‘hear’ is the taunting of the chocolate bar a family member brought home or the wheedling of the doughnut shop when you drive by. The same is true when you make a decision to quench the impulse to fire back with sarcastic comments or talk behind the back of the person in your life who continually raises your ire. Before you might have had trouble thinking of a good comeback on the spot, suddenly you find your head filled with witty or biting ripostes.
Isn’t it always the way.
The giant just keeps taunting you and because you’ve made the decision to rise above the situation it feels as if the situation just hems you in, making a mockery of all your good intentions.
That’s when it’s time to stop flailing and start fighting.
Temptation to do wrong is inevitable. I didn’t say that, it’s in Matthew 18. There will always be temptations in life and being prepared for them is having the knowledge that they will seem to pop up unexpectedly.
Many temptations come along because we’ve put ourselves right in their path. Our associations with people can either influence us for right or wrong so it’s wise to give thought to those who have the ability to sway us one way or another. If we’re battling some form of substance abuse whether it be drugs, alcohol or too much food, it’s wisdom to ensure we keep these things at a distance. This is only common sense.
Temptation to sin gains a foothold in life and then becomes actual sin when we have a complacent or procrastinating attitude. Complacency says “oh, I can handle this” and then eventually makes peace with sin. Procrastination doesn’t see the urgency of dealing with sin now.
Each attitude is far more dangerous to the health of our spiritual lives than we often realize. We are told to RUN from evil things. That implies a serious sense of urgency. Faith, even the strongest faith, can be eroded bit by apparently innocuous bit and hence the importance of running from those things the Bible calls sin. In some cases this is our best strategy for fighting the temptation to sin….just run from it.
Other times we need to confront a situation head on the way David did with Goliath. He only fought with some stones and a slingshot which made his weapons seem rather paltry BUT he was fighting with the help of the Lord and that made all the difference. As David knew he had the backing of the Lord to fight the giant, we also know we have the backing or strength of the Lord to help us fight those things that tempt us. Even though we may feel very weak if we keep our focus on Him, He will prove His strength by showing us a way out of the temptations we face.
May the Lord strengthen you in the battle with your particular Goliath,
His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in His divine nature. So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. 1 Peter 1: 4a-5a