Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he hast taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

It’s hard to look at courageous faith and not include the account of David and Goliath. Young David’s show of bravery in facing the terrifying giant is one of the most notable and retold stories of the Bible. It is one we can learn so much from.

When we are up against a looming situation, it’s easy to look around and see all the reasons we can’t conquer it. We see our limitations. We see our weaknesses. We see where we don’t measure up. Even Saul was quick to point out all the ways David was at a disadvantage. But did that sway David? Not in the least. Where everyone else saw lack and shortcomings, David saw an opportunity for God’s strength to be shown.

Maybe you think you aren’t smart enough. You aren’t good enough. You aren’t equipped enough. You don’t have enough money. Today’s passage is a challenge to change our perspectives. We can trust that God is going to come through and fight for us in a major way. Have faith in God to be strong when you come up short. Our lack is not failure but an opportunity to glorify God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

• What are you relying on God for right now?

• When you feel inadequate, how might this passage encourage you?

• Ask God to give you courageous faith in Him.