I sat on my desk with so many interrogations in my head probably because of the numerous things I am contemplating on doing. Time and resources seem not to cooperate leaving me loosely hanging onto hope. If it is not well managed, it can get out of hand. I am fully aware of this!
This is not the first time I have had such experience, it happens and it depends on the season I am going through. Let me share with you the story of David and Goliath that is wonderful in many ways. The face value of the story is that God works through His people to do amazing things especially during difficult times when too much is at stake and when we seem not to have a way out. During such seasons, God is also curious during to see if we shall take a bold step of faith and believe that we shall win.
Goliath, a giant and the champ of the Philistines, challenged the Israelites to send out their champion and decide the outcome of their ongoing war in single battle. None of the Israelites dared to face the terrifying giant…except David.
Despite facing many opposition and being scolded – trying to fight against a well-armed and trained soldier, David was unafraid and boldly made a forward move. He brought only a sling and a purse full of stones, against Goliath’s sword and mighty shield. As Goliath charged in for the kill, David slung one of his stones, his precise throw hit Goliath in the head, and he fell hard, David moved in for the kill and with the sword meant to kill him, he used it to cut off Goliath’s head securing a win for the Israelites.
Is that not amazing, turning what probably is choreographed to harm you bring victory in your battles? You can overcome odds and be successful.
I will share with you two thing that i have found helpful navigating such difficult times, or when going through uncertainty in life.
Know what motivates you
“…And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, what shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? – 1 Samuel 17:26
David first hears of the reward for defeating Goliath and makes an inquiry of the reward, which is confirmed. His family members rebuke him and surprisingly what he does is inquire again about the reward, it get confirmed a second time. When he is boldly approaching Goliath, the idea and the thought of reward must have fueled him even more. The imagination of the reward made him bear the potential disgrace and death. Whatever obstacle or hurdle ahead of you, having something that drives you will help you remain focused through difficult seasons.
Take a Stand
One of my major lesson I have learnt through life is being able to take a stand and being able to stand up for what I value. David is stunned to hear the words of Goliath when he gets the camp. He immediately alleges within himself that something ought to be done to stop Goliath and his blasphemous statements. Everyone was trembling in the camp with fear. His first reaction was that there was a cause for which to fight; he asks, ‘for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?’
Being focused demands having a strong stand and clinging to a cause. This is a virtue. Take a stand and follow through. Do not be luke-warm in your resolutions, identify what need accomplishing and move with precision.
There are many lessons we can learn and apply in our day-to-day living especially from this story to help you and me manage difficult seasons that we may be going through.This two stands out for me.