Goliath's 40-day reign of terror
By Craig J. Brown II, President & CEO
*Editor’s note: This information was published in the May 2021 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.*
When God fights your battles, it makes such a difference. The Lord has been with CHM through many highs and lows in our 40-year history. Regularly, we’ve gone into those battles praying and invoking God’s help. We’re here today because of His help. As new challenges arise, we’ll face them once again by praying and asking for the Lord’s help.
Goliath terrorized the Israelite army for 40 days and nights (1 Samuel 17:16). He challenged any Israelite soldier who was brave enough to a duel with the agreement that whoever won the duel would win the battle for their army. The terrified Israelites were no match for this giant.
Then David showed up. He was just a shepherd boy but had a lion’s heart of courage and confidence in God. His fellow Israelites believed they had to go out in their own strength to take down the giant. David believed he could go out in the name of the Lord and win the day. And he was right!
Initially, Saul attempted to put his own armor on David, making it a human effort. David realized the weight would bog him down if he relied on earthly resources to win the battle. Instead, he needed to rely on God to come to his rescue.
When we rely only on our human resources to meet life’s challenges, they will often seem daunting and overwhelming. But when we lean on the Spirit of the Lord, it’s amazing how often God awakens resources within us that we never dreamed we had.
CHM wouldn’t be what it is today if leaders in the past had not stepped out in faith and courage and attempted things that were beyond their resources. They believed God would help them win the battle. And so He has, each and every time.