(The Faith Forum Series – Batch 8)
Today, I was reading the scripture with Goliath and the armour that he had on when he came up against Israel with the other Philistines to fight and some thoughts came to my mind, which I have typed up below.
I thought of how impenetrable Goliath’s armour seemed, as if no one could get past it and take him down ever but how by the power of God, he WAS taken down and taken out.
1 Samuel 17:4-11 reads:
- “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an HELMET OF BRASS upon his head, and he was armed with a COAT OF MAIL; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of BRASS. And he had GREAVES OF BRASS upon his legs, and a TARGET OF BRASS between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of IRON: and one bearing a shield went before him.
- And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.”
After reading this portion of scripture and thinking of how God then used David to take this giant down, some other situations in the Bible came to mind, where God intervened to do what was thought to be impossible. They, together with the story of Goliath are featured below in my writings and I have also attached the corresponding scriptures for each statement. I encourage you to visit the Bible to read or re-read these truthful accounts of miracles worked by God.
Here is what I wrote:
When a challenge of life seems totally INSURMOUNTABLE;
- (Genesis 15:2-3 – Abram & Sarai)
The enemy’s armour seems robustly IMPENETRABLE;
- (1 Samuel 17:4-7 – Goliath)
The front of the army seems terribly FORMIDABLE;
- (Exodus 14:8-10 – Pharaoh and the Egyptians)
The intimidating sea seems completely IMPASSABLE;
- (Exodus 14:8-10 – The Red Sea)
The wall seems lofty and sturdily UNBREAKABLE;
- (Joshua 6:1 – The Jericho Wall);
When where you’ve been imprisoned seems wholly INESCAPABLE;
- (Acts 12:1-6 – Peter)
Your situation is so bad that it seems definitely IRREVERSABLE;
- (Mark 5:35 – Jairus; John 11:21,39 – Lazarus; Ezekiel 37:1-3) – Ezekiel & the valley of bones)
Your dreams seem crazy and absolutely UNACHIEVABLE;
- (Genesis 37:5-10, 18-20, 24-28 – Joseph)
And everything and everyone around screams: IMPOSSIBLE!
It matters not the day, the time or the hour.
For your God is ABLE.
Your God is SOVEREIGN.
Your God is far MORE POWERFUL than that which seems to hold you back.
Once he wills it, then at his word:
Seemingly insurmountable challenges DISSIPATE;
- (Genesis 18:13-14; 21:1-2)
Seemingly impenetrable armours get PERMEATED;
- (1 Samuel 17:42-51)
Seemingly formidable armies get OVERTHROWN;
- (Exodus 14:14-28)
Seemingly unbreakable walls get BROKEN DOWN;
- (Joshua 6:20; Hebrews 11:30)
Seemingly inescapable prison cells get OPENED;
- (Acts 12:7-11)
Seemingly irreversible situations get TURNED AROUND;
- (Mark 5:36-42; John 11:40-44; Ezekiel 37:5-14)
Seemingly unachievable dreams get REALIZED;
- (Genesis 41:38-44; 42:5-9)
And God reminds us, even as he did Abram, Moses and Jeremiah (because it is so very easy for even those who know the Lord to forget):
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
“Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.” (Numbers 11:23)
(Written on 07th December, 2022)
Dear Reader, if you found the above Article useful, informative, edifying or interesting, then you may be interested in reading the following:
- Note 26 – ‘Please…Allow Him To Blow Your Mind’
- Note 30 – ‘The Price Tag Of Success’
- Note 68 – ‘Lessons I Have Learned From The Lazarus Story’
- Note 71 – ‘…But God’
- Note 74 – ‘Whose Report Will You Believe?’
- Note 80 – ‘We Serve A ‘Let There Be’ God’
- Note 81 – ‘Are You One That Has To See Before You Can Believe?’
- Note 82 – ‘Unbelief Cannot Come’
- Note 86 – ‘They Say I Can’t But By God’s Grace I Will’
- Note 92 – ‘Next Stop – Victory!’
- Note 104 – ‘If That Tree Could Talk’
- Note 106 – ‘They Can Think Whatever They Like – God Will Do Whatever He Pleases.’
- Note 121 -‘When God Blows Your Mind With His Answer And Leaves You Flabbergasted’
- Note 123 – ‘God Calls Me Hephzibah’
- Note 124 – ‘It Is Well’
- Note 125 – ‘When God Promises To Write-On A Write-Off’
- Note 126 – ‘A Hopeless End Or An Endless Hope?‘
- Note 127 – ‘Left For Dead…Then Resurrected’
Also, under the ‘BROKEN Daughters’ page:
- Note 33 – ‘A Comeback – Better Than Before’