The Blessing of ‘Goliath’

Goliath? Blessing? Those two words don’t agree.

Yes you’re right, they don’t. But they could…and I will tell you what I mean.

First, watch this short video (my first actually! If my voice sends you to sleep, I apologize – I was trying so hard not to wake up my two ladies)
 

 

Goliath stood for all things:

Challenging,
Tough,
Impossible,
Crazy,
Dangerous,
Anti-progress
 

So how does blessing result from impossible?

Test

If you’re familiar with the classic David-Goliath story, you’d remember that Israel couldn’t fight the giant. Nobody dared challenge him. The king was terrified himself. The warriors of Israel shivered. For 40 days, the battle line was drawn but there was no action.

Until a shepherd boy showed up…

“Wait a minute – did you just say a boy or a fighter?”
 

Sorry, no mistake – it was indeed a boy… a shepherd too! (as if that helped)

“Right, splendid way to ruin the story, huh?”
 

You know, as David ran towards Goliath to hurl that stone, I often wonder what he was thinking. What could be going through his mind? What would have gone through yours? Remember, he ran towards the giant!

David could have easily gone back home. After all, he only came with a message for his brothers. No. Instead, he saw an opportunity.

The very image that represented his greatest challenge still stands as his biggest victory to date, arguably his best moment and (here it is) a glorious blessing. Yes, Goliath turned out to be a blessing in David’s life.

There’s no testimony without a test.

There’s no breakthrough without a ‘follow through’.

There’s no life without pain.

Your Goliath can become your biggest achievement, if you face your giant. Quit running away.

I leave you with this thought:

If you’re in the will of God, the challenges you face become preamble to your breakthrough. Tweet this message

Have you ever experienced a ‘Goliath’ in your life turn out to be a blessing? Share your thoughts and testimonies below.

About Joseph Iregbu

I'm a writer, purpose guy, speaker and business consultant. My passion is to help people live with purpose and not waste their lives. I live in the UK with my wife, Temi and our gorgeous Isabel Juda. Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Great job on the vblog! I love video, there’s just something about seeing and hearing the person who is talking that communicates in ways text can’t!

    The big Goliath in our family’s life that turned out to be a blessing was going through cancer with our little boy about 8 years ago. Thankfully God healed him and he now has a great testimony!

    • @disqus_PczE90NBqk:disqus, thanks my friend. I wasn’t sure I knew what I was doing to be honest but I felt it was time to ‘show the face’:-)
      That’s a big testimony you have there. Wow, so much to be thankful for.

  • glory

    i am so blessed, thanks for such a message in such a time. Your voice was no problem the message was clear…it also gave me opportunity to see your face once again…i am going through a Goliath now,the second semester is getting tough and its taking me a little far from attending services but i know victory is assured….by his grace.

    • Hey Glory, thanks for sharing about your experience. I’ve had similar experience too (though I didn’t miss service) – the key for me was re-prioritizing myself, staying focused on what mattered most. Don’t allow study pressure influence your devotion negatively. God bless and grant you wisdom.

      • Glory

        Thanks for the advice..i would stay focused on what matters as rightly said..i will keep the ball rolling by his grace…Selah 90- Day journey is really doing me Good am blessed.

        thanks.

  • Great video (and post) Joseph!

    One of the Goliath’s i have faced in my life was a work-situation years ago, when I was accused of doing something I didn’t do. All “evidence” pointed at me, as the head of that department. It was a nightmare set-up.

    A few months later, God showed up and showed off; cleared my name in a spectacular way.

    I love and agree with this “There’s no testimony without a test….no breakthrough without a ‘follow through’.”

    • @nginaotiende:disqus, your testimony is indeed a great deliverance. God is good.

  • Great, Great vblog Joseph. Yes I do often wonder what David was thinking as he was preparing to sling that stone. We all have to face our challenges head on and let him Lead. Awesome word.

    • Thank you @lparks:disqus! Yes, it is those challenges that produce faith in us (although it always certainly feels the opposite at the time).

  • DS

    Countless times in my youth I questioned, “Why me?” or “Why this?”. It wasn’t until later that I understood just how important the lessons I learned at an early age were. I didn’t know that it would shape my worldview, and create the fire I now find in my heart.

    • @sparkvoice:disqus, I asked that question so many times in my youth too. I’m glad we pulled through, by His mercies. Thanks my friend

  • I loved your Vlog, Joseph. Good to hear your voice! I would have to agree. One of the beauties of following Christ is how He can transform the pain. Thanks for this.

    • Thank you, @twitter-260030929:disqus Your post today about your father’s loss was touching. God bless your heart.

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