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“Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
So there they were, Saul Israelites on one side of the Valley of Elah and the Philistines on the other. Goliath, the 9 foot tall giant beckoning from the Philistine camp, challenging the Israelites to a one one one fight to end the conflict, and the Israelites had no one to send to accept that challenge. Who can stand?
Along came David, a young shepherd boy who was sent by his father to deliver food to his brothers, soldiers in the Israelite camp. Goliath surely made the Israelites feel small as he towered over them, taunting them, challenging them to a fight that they were not prepared for and did not believe they would win.
When uncertainties make you feel small, remember that God is more than just a friendly ally. He is a trusted warrior who will go out ahead and battle your giants. We’ve all faced trials, challenges, and giants- from David on down the line. And every follower of Christ has had access to the same confidence that God brings to the battle.