I heard an interesting thought on the radio today: “Sometimes God sends a Goliath into your life to help you find the David in you.” It can be frustrating to see others who are seemingly living without a care in the world, breezing through life. Meanwhile, we try to live within God’s will and are barely able to stay afloat, weighted down by an endless stream of trials and challenges.
We know, however, “there is no respect of persons with God,” and those who seem trouble-free may, in fact, be going through much more than we know. We also tend to play the comparison game with others’ lives, while God views each life as unique, and treats them as such. He knows just how much we can handle, and His timing is impeccable. He sends trials to get our attention, strengthen us, or give us the opportunity to reassess our lives and our purpose on this earth.
The Goliaths in our lives, those seemingly unsurmountable challenges that drain us of energy and push us to our limits, are designed specifically for us. They can seem unfair, and they can be heartbreaking; but if we face these trials with patience, God can bring out the best versions of us. In Him, we’re truly capable of anything; and we will come closer to fulfilling God’s ultimate plan for our lives, which is larger than any trial or success we can comprehend.
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10