David was confident as he faced Goliath, his huge challenge, because he remembered how God had helped him overcome other “big problems” in the past.
As a shepherd, David was no stranger to adversity and challenge. He made his case to King Saul in verses 34-35, “…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.” Then in verse 36 David says, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David remembered that he had been successful in the past because of God’s faithfulness and he knew that he would be successful in the now because of God’s faithfulness.
Are there not some victories in the past that God has helped you to achieve?
Let us take past successes, stand on them in the present and stare our problems right in the eye.
Hebrews 10:23 is for us today, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”