Have You Been To Your Valley of Elah Yet?

We all have them. Moments in our life where we have to stand and face the giant before us and it sometimes feels as if we are ill-equipped to do battle. Whether it be a diagnosis that appears dire. A financial situation that feels hopeless. A child in rebellion. We all must walk into that valley, much like David did, and face our Goliaths.

1 Samuel 17:4- says, a champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.

Can you imagine being a teenager and going up against such a seasoned soldier as Goliath? But David knew something that gave him the advantage before the battle began.

It’s not the size of our weapons but the size of our faith in God that matters. David went into the battle full of faith, and confident that God would give him and Israel the victory.

That’s the kind of faith I want to have that will let me step into my valley and face whatever warrior is standing before me like David did.

The battle that took place in Elah was one of the most pivotal between the nation of Israel and the Philistines. And if David hadn’t had the faith that he did, the outcome would have been entirely different.

David carefully chose five smooth stones, one slingshot, and the most important piece in his armory, his faith in God to deliver him.

The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”  Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and 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 down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

So, before you step into the valley and face your Goliath, put on the full armor of God and keep your faith firmly ground in God. Like David did.

Blessings always,

Mary Alford


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