For we walk by faith, not by sight - 2 Corinthians 5:7
David is best known for defeating Goliath and this mighty display of faith deserves a closer look.
Despite his weaknesses, the most revealing part about David's character was that he was a man after God's heart (Acts 13:22). Without this attribute he was just another ordinary sinner. Keep in mind that God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and David's pursuit after the heart of God moved Him to show Himself strong on David's behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Of all the things Christians strive for...the heart of God should be at the top of the list. But we need to do this in faith because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews11:6).
If we are serious about seeking God we must be people of faith
Instead of getting your feelings hurt on a bumpy religious road and ending up in grumble alley, let's consult the GPS (the Scriptures) to figure out how to arrive at faith:
Faith doesn't accept "no" for an answer
Too many believers are quick to accept "no" when things don't work out right away. We often miss the blessing because we take "no" for an answer. If you are following after God then don't accept the "no" of anyone else...even your king.
David was a man after the heart of God and he too had to overcome "no" for an answer. So "no" comes to us all-even those anointed king.
King Saul sent for David and after sizing him up decided he couldn't possibly defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17:33). David rose above the "no" and spoke that God would give him victory (1 Samuel 17: 34-37). Saul let him go after that.
Faith always has a voice of victory!
Please don't tell me faith can be quiet when facing giant problems because if David kept quiet King Saul would have sent him home. It was because David spoke up in faith that Saul agreed to let him go. David put his life and his words in the hands of his God because he was a man of faith.
Not only does faith has a voice-but so does doubt and unbelief. As David approached the giant problem, the giant problem began to speak to David about his defeat (1 Sam 17:44).
Ever had a problem speak to your mind? Sure you have...we all have. Nagging thoughts of doubt and unbelief almost always come when we face our Goliath.
Faith accepts nothing less than victory and always has the final say!
What made David mighty was he didn't let the voice of the giant problem decide the matter. He spoke faith over and above the problem and gave the glory to God:
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you...that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel - 1 Samuel 17:46
Faith believes that God will provide no matter what!
Do you realize that when David said he would cut off the giant's head that he didn't even have a sword? This mighty man of God ended up using Goliath's sword to get the job done (1 Samuel 17: 51).
David could have made excuses about the size of the giant or the fact that he didn't have big enough weapons or that he was just a boy and needed to try out the armor first...but he didn't. He went by faith and relied upon God.
The result of faith is having what you say
Against all odds, against doubt and unbelief, David had what he said. This is the way a man after God's heart talks and acts. This is faith in the life of David. God was likes faith so much that He sent Samuel to anoint David to be king of Israel.
David was fearless for God and could face whatever giant came his way on the battlefield. A thousand years later the Lord Jesus told us to speak to mountains and Goliath was David's mountain.
What mountain are you facing? What Goliath is taunting you? Face it by faith and trust God and He will give you victory.