Christ followers can easily make the mistake of living generally and not specifically or with purpose.
This relates to David’s actions because the goal wasn’t to just take Goliath down but to specifically eliminate his influence entirely. Generally you are headed into the deeper realms of truth and purposeful living but don’t make the mistake some do thinking that just trying harder to be a more moral or better person will bring about any better outcome. Specifically you must head directly toward trusting in Christ alone! David, contrary to what others have taught on the topic, needed the God who had helped him slay a lion and a bear!
Slingshots were used in those days. They were fired over the heads of the frontline troops to hit the enemy and soften those battle lines. But never miss the fact that whoever the sling shotters were on that hillside they’d be frozen in place for forty days! Little David had no prior military experience but absolutely had confidence in the God he sang to in his heart.
Your specific goal is not just spending hours in your head trying to resolve these inner struggles.
You are coming to your God both in mind and heart and are coming to trust the God who has already overcome all your enemies, even the tormenting thoughts. In our day of success driven teachings, moralistic programs that inspire us to try harder only leave us frustrated. We have pushed our giants more and more under the surface of our lives and live with a quiet inner pain that only God can see. But the longer you struggle under the domination of your giant the more you will come to see I’m pointing out the greatest truth we learn from David’s story.
There will come a moment in your life, whether in your twenties or sometime after…
mid-life, a health crisis, or the loss of someone close to you that your ultimate hope is in God’s power and not your own abilities. You are absolutely going to lose every significant spiritual battle in your life until you come to the actual specific location of faith and holistic trust in God. A specific trust in God that can be brought down to even just one word, “Jesus”!
The ancient monks would call it the Jesus prayer.They are only words until you’ve come to experience this ancient prayer as truth. Here is the prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.” At times in my life, I have and you should learn to prayer this prayer over and over. Say it for an hour one morning when you feel like you can’t face the giant again. It’s not “vain babblings” as we were all warned about in protestant churches years ago. It is doing something specific to get the deepest part of you to realize you have to have God’s help to defeat your giant.