Confidence in God’s Promises

There is a good chance that you know the story of David and Goliath, which takes place in 1 Samuel 17. It has come to be the cliché that we attribute to any underdog who wins against a much superior opponent. David, a boy at the time, was able to slay the Philistine giant who was mocking God and Israel with only a sling and a rock. With his improbable win, David inspired the rest of the Israelite army to defeat the opposing militia and win the war. This was a pivotal moment for David and for the Jews. 

It is obvious that David had an extreme sense of confidence going into his fight with Goliath. What was it that gave him this confidence? He was still a teenager with no military training. The only reason that he was amongst the other soldiers that day was to bring food to his older brothers who were fighting in the war. He was greatly outsized and outpowered by the giant. Goliath carried a huge sword, while he only had a sling a few smooth stones. Why is it that he was willing to risk his life when the rest of the Jewish men cowered in their camp? It was because he believed what God had promised him.

God never told David that he would kill Goliath, but he did make an important promise to him a little while before the famous fight. In 1 Samuel 16:12, God chose David to be the next king of Israel. It would be several years after his anointing and legendary battle before David would go on to wear the crown, but that didn’t mean the promise ever became void. When the overmatched kid volunteered to fight the mountain of a man that everyone was scared of, he knew he couldn’t lose. He believed in the promise that God made to him about being king. If he were to die, then God would have broken his promise to David. God has yet to break a promise, nor will he ever. With that knowledge in his head and heart, David knew that he could not fail. He knew that God’s promise guaranteed him that he would survive. He knew that he could make it through anything that life could possibly throw at him.

The unshakable confidence that David had in God’s promises is that same kind of confidence that we can have today. The Bible is filled with God’s promises to us. In fact, it is estimated that there are somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000 promises in scripture. Just as David did, we must cling to them whenever we are faced with something that is more than we can handle on our own. Here are a few that we can trust whenever times get rough:

Matthew 28:6, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.”

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

I could literally list thousands more.

God has promised to be good to you, take care of you, and never leave you. He has promised his love and compassion to you. He has guaranteed that he will always be there for you. Why should we fear when facing the giants of this life? We shouldn’t. We should walk right out into the battle and confidently exclaim the same thing that David did to Goliath, “…For the battle is the Lord’s!” (1 Samuel 17:47). 

If we want to survive this world and the trials that come our way, then we must trust in the promises of God. We can have certainty that he will get us through the worst of the worst because he said he would. God has kept every one of his promises, and he won’t stop now. In that, we can have confidence.

Published by smith1626

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot, WV. Mostly, I am a sinner saved by amazing grace.

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