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The battle is the LORD’s. . . .

[1 SAMUEL 17:47]

David . . . runs toward the army to meet Goliath (1 Samuel 17:48). . . .

Goliath throws back his head in laughter, just enough to shift his helmet and expose a square inch of forehead flesh. David spots the target and seizes the moment. The sound of the swirling sling is the only sound in the valley. Ssshhhww. Ssshhhww. Ssshhhww. The stone torpedoes through the air and into the skull; Goliath’s eyes cross and legs buckle. He crumples to the ground and dies. David runs over and yanks Goliath’s sword from its sheath, shish-kebabs the Philistine, and cuts off his head.

You might say that David knew how to get a head of his giant.

When was the last time you did the same? How long since you ran toward your challenge? We tend to retreat, duck behind a desk of work or crawl into a nightclub of distraction or a bed of forbidden love. For a moment, a day, or a year, we feel safe, insulated, anesthetized, but then the work runs out, the liquor wears off, or the lover leaves, and we hear Goliath again. Booming. Bombastic.

Try a different tack. Rush your giant with a God-saturated soul. Giant of divorce, you aren’t entering my home! Giant of depression? It may take a lifetime, but you won’t conquer me. Giant of alcohol, bigotry, child abuse, insecurity . . . you’re going down. How long since you loaded your sling and took a swing at your giant?


Gracious God,

There are days when we feel surrounded by giants. Insecurities and doubts and worries flood our minds. But your mighty power instills confidence to confront every giant in life. Saturate our souls with your word. Remind us to look at every obstacle through your power and your might.

May we be victorious through your holy name,


In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

[PSALM 138:3]

God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.

[2 SAMUEL 22:33]

You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

[PSALM 59:16]

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