David and Goliath | I can trust that God will take care of me

“The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:37

1 Samuel 17:32-51a

There is a huge difference in approaching something with confidence and approaching it with hesitation. Think of how you feel walking into a meeting unprepared, hoping no one looks to you for a response versus walking into a meeting knowing exactly what to expect and what to say. David had an even greater level of confidence when he went to face the Philistine giant, Goliath, confidence from God. He knew God’s promises and trusted them wholly.

Everyone around David walked into the battle with hesitation. In fact, they did not walk into the battle at all, but ran from it because they knew they were not adequately prepared to face the Philistine army. But David ran toward the battle, knowing that this battle was not his to fight, but God’s. He knew the Lord would provide and win this battle so David confidently approached the giant with nothing but five small stones and a slingshot. David won the battle that day, but God was the one responsible. When everyone else doubted, David knew that God was the one in control and that He had a plan laid out just for him. God took care of David and honored his unwavering, giant-like faith.

Is there an obstacle in your life that feels too big to face? Maybe God is asking you to do something big like change careers or move across the country, maybe you are facing a serious health scare or even grieving the death of a loved one. Take small steps to build big faith by starting your day with God, reminding yourself of His promises, trusting His plan even when it seems scary and not getting discouraged because God is bigger than any giant you may be up against. Trust His plan.

Questions to think about:

  1. What “giant” are you facing?
  2. Why do you feel unprepared or scared to face this?
  3. What is something you learned from David’s story that gives you more confidence in God’s plan?