“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:38-40)
These days, I have been reminded of the brave faith of David, who went to the battle to fight Goliath with only a slingshot and no stones — his trust wholly in God and that God would deliver Goliath into his hand and win the fight for David. This brave faith of David won the battle against a whole army, the enemy — because this faith looked to God and God alone to carry him through the valley and into the victory.
And I know, our faith is often far away from anything resembling brave and we think, we long for any amount of courage in the midst of facing the hardships and trials of this life. But this I know, that our gracious Saviour will meet the neediest of souls, and His love will not let go. In this world that has lost all sight of love because the dark shadows rule the night — His love will come through, His will break the chains and set us free.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)
My friend, the most beautiful, brave faith is that which trusts God at all times. No matter the struggle, the trial — our God is always greater. So we can pour our hearts before Him, trusting Him with all our desires and thoughts, feelings and fears, worries and despairs. He is strong enough to carry them for us, and to care for us. He is a refuge, a safe place through every struggle, trial, and change.
“Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.” (Psalm 23:4 NLT)
Maybe you have been walking in the valley of the shadow of death these days, the darkness having taken over and the mountains before you and behind you. Maybe you have been climbing for a while now and yet, the top of the mountain is nowhere in sight and all you know is this valley. Yet, even here, in the valley of the shadow of death we know — these are only shadows. Beloved, these are only shadows. Sometimes the shadows take over, focus our gaze over the darkened spot and we only see the darkest valley ahead of us.
Beloved, know this: your God is close beside you. When the world crumbles under you feet; when the waters rise and your faith seems to sink deep — you are never beyond mercy’s reach. The Almighty, All-Powerful God is right there, close beside you and His right hand holding you up. And He will come through, bright and glorious like the morning sun — and all will be well.