1 Samuel 17:37, NIV“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
When David made his bold declaration of faith, saying that he would defeat Goliath, he was brought before Saul. When Saul saw David, he tried to discourage him from fighting Goliath. Saul brought up what he thought were the most relevant past experiences of both David and Goliath. He said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (1 Sam.17:33). It was true that David was a youth, but that was irrelevant because David’s confidence was not in his own strength or battle skills, rather in God’s ability.
David on the other hand mentioned to Saul what was relevant. He told Saul of two occasions when a lion and a bear had come to attach his flock of sheep, but with his bare hands he killed the beasts. David recognized that it was God at work both times. David saw Goliath as just another threat to “sheep” (God’s sheep), and he was confident that God would in like manner help him defeat Goliath.
When seemingly impossible situations challenge you, you should have a flashback of the times when God has delivered you. Unfortunately, we tend to forget how difficult situations in the past worked out favorably for us. A reason for this is that not enough time is spent appreciating God for our past victories, but we are immediately focused on the next problem.
Remembering testimonies of God’s working as we relentlessly stand on the word boosts our confidence in God. Therefore, begin to write out testimonies of how God had delivered you in the past, so that you will have an arsenal of tales to tell when the next giant comes your way!