“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it,” (1 Samuel 17:49a)
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” (1 Samuel 17:37)
Last week we looked at 1 Samuel 17:32b, “thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” David, at this point, is making himself available for the service of God. This week I would like to look at David's attitude. David is now approached with a task that is impossible if he goes in his own power. Instead of hesitating, however, he immediately goes back in his mind to the day that God had delivered him out of the hand of a lion and a bear, and he knows that if God has delivered him before, God will deliver him again.
A lot of times we attempt to take care of impossible tasks on our own. When David is preparing to face Goliath, his attitude is right. Notice that David says, “the LORD that delivered me...he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” David had an attitude of confidence. This confidence was found in God, not himself, because God had delivered him before. David also had a positive attitude. So many times, when we are faced with “giants” in our lives, we automatically have an attitude of despair and defeat. But David was optimistic and positive, not because he was sure of his rock-slinging abilities, but because he had faith in God. He knew God would guide his hand and his rock. Even when David’s brothers and King Saul tried to discourage him, he maintained this positive attitude by remembering all the times God had been faithful before.
We should all be interested in slinging a rock for God and killing the giants that we face! In order to do this, we must be available and have the right attitude. In order to have the right attitude, we must accept, first of all, that there are some things that we cannot do own our own. Then we must decide what attitude we will have. We can either sit back and allow our giants to destroy us, or we can allow God to use us to accomplish the impossible. If David had approached Goliath that day with the attitude of killing Goliath by himself, he would have, without a doubt, failed. He was able to keep a positive and confident attitude because of his faith in knowing that with God all things are possible. This week try and focus on having the right attitude in spite of the giants you face.
“Our attitude is a very powerful thing. Many see the glass half empty instead of half full. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.”