I just read the story of David’s battle with Goliath. I get much more from it now than I did when I was a kid. All I can remember from those early days was how courageous David was. Standing before a giant, limiting your weapons to a few rocks, promising everyone how successful you were going to be…David became the poster child for fearlessness.
But now, I sense something more. The story is not about courage, it’s about faith. David did what he did, not because he was confident in his capabilities, but because he trusted God to be God in His behalf.
You don’t need courage to trust God. You simply need willingness. Trusting God brings courage. David’s experiences with the bear and lion did not teach him warfare, they taught him faith. He learned how God can be trusted. Those experiences were David learning he could expect God to accomplish what concerned him.
On the battle field, standing before Goliath, David said this battle was not about him or Goliath, but it was about God accomplishing His purposes. David knew it wasn’t his abilities to sling a stone that would save the day. God would. David’s decision was to let God accomplish His purposes through him. That placed the focus where it needed to be, where God could get the honor.
When everything’s over for us and we look back over our lives, we’ll see it wasn’t about us. It was about Him being God in our behalf. So in the meantime, learn to trust Him to accomplish what concerns you.