Extraordinary Courage comes from knowing an Extraordinary God
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47
The whole army of the Israel trembled in terror at the voice and threat of Goliath. He was nine feet tall (2.74m) and wore impenetrable armour that weighed more than any person. Goliath shouted out curses to the army of Israel causing every soldier to be shaken. But there was a teenager named David who was filled with the Spirit of God. David was undeterred by the giant Philistine because he knew his God is able to conquer all. Instead of running away or hiding from Goliath like the rest of the soldiers, David ran towards his enemy with a sling and stones in his hands. It only took one throw by David to strike Goliath on the forehead and cause Goliath to crash like a tree.
David triumphed over Goliath because God’s presence was with him. Despite being smaller, not wearing any armour and carrying an unsophisticated weapon; David was fearless. What Goliaths are we facing today? Are we hiding or running away from our giants? God desires us to have the extraordinary courage like David to confront our challenges. We need to allow God to demonstrate His love, grace and power through us in order to overcome our giants. God is with us today as He was with David to defeat Goliath.
Let us be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit to do extraordinary things for God. Be courageous for God and make a difference today.