Are you in a battle? A conflict? A hard place? It's something or someone threatening your peace, your security?

Does a Goliath of sorts loom before you?

Do you seem so small, so insignificant, so impotent in comparison?

Then you're looking in the wrong place. Look up: to the heavens, to your Father's throne, to your High Priest, standing at the right hand of the Father on your behalf. Then look within. Is the Spirit of the living God not dwelling within? Is He not your resident Helper, your on-call Comforter? Has He not offered you His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?

Nothing has changed! The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit still rule.

So say to that Goliath, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts..." (1 Samuel 17:45).

God has given you His name — His name which reveals His character and His ways. That's where you are to look. Look at who God is and what God is. When David faces Goliath, he remembers that God is Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of hosts, which means He is the Captain of all — all principalities, powers, and spiritual forces and places. Every angelic being, good and evil, is under His control! The power and authority belong to God, not to angels or to you or to me. What is your Goliath? Call upon Jehovah-Nissi: the Lord our Banner! Run to His camp. Stand under His banner. Call upon the Captain of the hosts. Can God not handle your Goliaths? Of course! David brought Goliath down with a single stone! It was an action of faith which downed Goliath.

Stop and think about it. The other Israelites had the same God on their side that David had on his! Then what was the difference? David trusted in what He knew about God! Remember, Saul, Israel's king, tried to dress David in his armor, to equip him with his sword. Saul was trusting in the arm of flesh. David knew that the weapons of his warfare were not fleshly but mighty through God.

Oh, Beloved, don't you see that God in His sovereignty permits "Goliaths" in your life as tests — test which give you an opportunity to prove your faith, and in proving it to prove Him and, thus, be strengthened? David had been strengthened by his previous encounters with lions and bears. God had delivered him then; He could do it again. The lions and bears were preparation for Goliath!

You'll never be the Christian you can be without "Goliaths." You'll never know God intimately apart from them. It's the trial, the conflicts, the adversities, the "no-way-out" situation, the impossibilities that drive us to God where we discover who He is and what He is. Not to run to Him means to miss knowing Him and experiencing His power, His glory, His majesty, His sufficiency.

What is my prayer for you, my concern for you? Let me answer by bringing to your attention one more true story from God's Word which was recorded for our hope and perseverance.

Do you remember when the king of Aram surrounded the city where Elisha was staying? He was furious because Elisha kept revealing his battle plans to the king of Israel. So he sent horses, chariots, and a great army to get one man — Elisha! When Elisha's servant saw the army encircling the city, he cried out to Elisha, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" "So he (Elisha) answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6:15b-17). The Lord of hosts, Jehovah-Sabaoth was there all the time. King Aram's army was struck blind! I pray that our El Roi, the God Who sees, will open your eyes to see that He is always there with His very real but unseen host to move on your behalf, and I pray that you will begin to meet every "Goliath" in that confidence. I pray that you'll get to know your God by name and that in the day of adversity you'll not hesitate to call upon the name of the Lord, that you'll not hesitate to run "into His name" and be secure.

The horse may be prepared for the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord (Proverbs 21:31). "Woe to those who go down to Egypt (the world) for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!" (Isaiah 31:1)

Dear friend, cling to the truth of these verses from Psalm 9: "The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble; and those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You" (vs.9-10).

Seek Him. Look to Him. You will not be disappointed! And for that, you can be most thankful during any season you are going through.

"You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head." (Psalm 3:3)

Kay Arthur
Host, Precepts for Life
Co-CEO, Precept Ministries International