Devotion

When You Want to Run Away

by Greg Laurie on Oct 26, 2021
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him
—1 Samuel 17:48
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When we face a crisis, what do we usually do? We worry. But worry isn’t very productive. In fact, it’s counterproductive. And by the way some Christians act, you would think the Bible says, “Worry about everything and never pray about anything.”

However, the Bible actually says the very opposite: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT).

When David was about to face the giant Goliath, he said, “Everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us! As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him” (1 Samuel 17:47–48 NLT).

David ran toward his giant to attack him. Earlier in the story we read that Goliath left the Philistine ranks to come out and taunt Israel. That’s how sin is. It will get closer and encroach on you. And if you tolerate giants, they’ll take over your territory. They’ll come right up on your doorstep.

That’s why you don’t run from giants. For example, let’s say that you have a problem with a substance of some kind. Maybe it’s drugs. Maybe it’s alcohol. Or maybe it’s something else. You need to bring it into the light of day and say, “I have a problem, and I need to face this giant. I need to deal with this.”

Quit covering it up. Quit rationalizing it or justifying it. Push it out of the shadows where it has lurked and bring it into the open. Start praying and using the spiritual weapons that God has given you because He is bigger than your giant.

God is in control, and He is more powerful than our adversary.

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