The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.” David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”
1 Samuel 21:9
David did not go seeking Goliath’s sword, but God put it back into his hands. David was entering one of the most tumultuous periods of his life, where death was constantly lurking at the hands of evil King Saul. God knew David’s heart; it was filled with fear, loneliness, and desperation. And He knew what David needed: a clear reminder that victory is always possible with God, even when faced with larger-than-life enemies. On the run without any weapons, David came to a priest and asked what he could give him. And by no mere coincidence, the priest said he had nothing to offer but the very same sword with which David had slain the giant.
As David set his eyes upon that sword and felt its weight in his own hands, his heart and mind were surely filled with the images and emotions of his first victory in the name of the Lord Almighty. Perhaps he was swept over with the peace and assurance that God can do anything. Surely he was strengthened by this symbol of God’s faithfulness, which he could hold on to tightly with his own hands. What a blessing to David, and to us, when God graces us with such reminders of our victories gained through Him! God knows we must travel down some dark roads of trials and suffering, so along the way, He gives us glimpses of His past faithfulness so that we will be able to carry on.
Even though we may feel vastly alone in our own troubles, as though the loyal have disappeared from the human race (Psalm 12:1), we are not left to wander this earth alone. When it appears that everyone around us has left us and no faithful one remains (Psalm 12:1), God wants us to know deep within our souls that He has not. He sees our troubles and knows the afflictions of our souls (Psalm 31:7 paraphrase). And in His great love for us, He will carry us through and strengthen us, just as He did with David.
Are you in the midst of trials or suffering today? Look for His strength right where you are. What glimpse of His faithfulness does He want to show you? Recall a victory from the past that only God could have given you, and cling to it tightly. Ask God to make it a treasure in your heart and a comfort to your soul, for as David said, There is none like it.
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by Jill Holler
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Jill Holler grew up on a farm in western Illinois, enjoying a life of running free through the pastures during the day and gazing at the countless shimmering stars at night. All around her, she could see the work of God’s creative hand, and she knew He was real. Yet it wasn’t until years later that she would discover the abundant life of faith that comes from taking hold of the living power that resides in God and His word. After struggling to find purpose and meaning for much of her young adult life, she found that it resides simply–yet powerfully–in Jesus Christ, her God and Savior.