He bent down by the brook and gathered a handful of smooth stones. His enemy stood shouting with a haunting arrogance and an ungodly confidence that left the army in fear. 

I wonder if David looked at his reflection in the water and thought of how small he was in comparison to the giant. Did he see his weakness in the ripples of the water ... or did he see the opportunity for God’s strength?

I confess that the remembrance and pondering of this story has been triggered in me by facing one of my own giants recently. It isn’t enjoyable telling of my weaknesses; however, I seize the opportunity and joy of telling of my Lord’s strength.

Goliath stares at me through the weaponry of compulsive eating disorders. His spear can wear the face of anorexia at times, and his sword can bear the resemblance of compulsive overeating at other times. His taunts remind me that there are some foes that are “too mighty for me.”

As I bend down at the brook today, I ask you to join me in gathering some smooth stones of your own. 

David did not approach his foe without faith, humility, courage and confidence in the Lord. He didn’t dare step into battle in his own name, but fearlessly ran forward in the Name of the Lord.

I urge you to look into the water each day and see past your weaknesses. Choose to see the opportunities for His strength to shine. Hasn’t Goliath been taunting for long enough? Let’s bring down the giants.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – Jesus

1 Samuel 17, Psalm 18:17, Romans 7:15-25, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 John 4:4

Amanda Conn has been a member of The River Church of God for more than 20 years, involved in several different ministries — one of which is writing the devotion for the church’s website. She also works at Industrial Rental in Guntersville. She is the wife of Jeff Conn and mother to Jayden and Avery.

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