Just wanted to share an except from my new youth devotional, Perfect Promises for Youth. It is my hope to share God’s promises with our youth, along with the strength, freedom, and abundant life that comes from following Him. Hope you enjoy the following devotion on confidence. You can find the book now on Amazon or in my Etsy store, as well as Perfect Promises for Kids, a devotional for young readers. Thank you for reading!
The Israelites, God’s chosen people, were about to be attacked. The Philistine army stood on a mountain, ready to strike. Only a valley lay between them. Goliath, a man from the Philistine army, came forward. He was huge – possibly as tall as nine feet. He was covered in heavy bronze armor. He walked ahead of the rest of his army, yelling out a challenge to the Israelites. “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”
The Israelites were terrified. For forty days, Goliath came forward, taunting them. No one stepped up to accept his challenge. Instead, they fled in fear.
Young David was a shepherd. David’s father sent him to the Israelite army to bring food to them and to check on his brothers. David got to see the giant firsthand and hear his mocking. But unlike the others, he didn’t cower. He went straight to the king and volunteered to be the one who took on the mighty Goliath.
Saul tried to refuse him. He told David he was just a boy, while this man was a war hero. In other words, David didn’t stand a chance. And Saul was right. David was totally unqualified for the job. He was a kid. He didn’t have the training. He didn’t have the size or the strength. He didn’t even have the armor for protection – it was too big for him. On paper, he was worthless. Doomed to fail.
But David had faith – not in himself, but in God.
He went up against the giant with just a sling and five rocks. Goliath laughed. He felt insulted that the Israelites had sent a kid to fight him. But David didn’t listen to his insults. He told Goliath that he came in God’s name and he knew God would deliver Goliath into his hands.
The very first rock he slung sank into Goliath’s forehead. The mighty giant had fallen.
The world preaches that we should have confidence…but it’s self-confidence. Believe in yourself. Stand tall. Be proud.
We need to understand this: apart from Him, we can do nothing. It is through His grace that we are forgiven. It is through His strength that we are strong.
When you have God on your side, you can have the confidence of David. No matter what Goliath stands in your way, you can call on His strength. Remember: God made the entire universe in just seven days. Is anything impossible for Him? If He is within you, if He is calling you to something, you will not fail.
Don’t let the world tell you about your Goliath. Tell your Goliath about your mighty God.
God, thank You for Your confidence. I know that nothing is impossible for You, and if You are within me, I will not fail. Help me to put my confidence in You.
Then he [Goliath] stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall 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 these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid…
Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”…
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”…
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
– 1 Samuel 17:8-49
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. – 1 John 5:14
According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. – Ephesians 3:11-12
The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
– Isaiah 32:17
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
– Proverbs 3:26
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35-36
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34
So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
– Hebrews 13:6