Skip to main content


By 28/08/2023No Comments

By Bishop Mike Okonkwo

Monday 28th August 2023

“And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:48 (KJV)

Whatever you tolerate in your life has the capacity to grow and overwhelm you. If you tolerate mediocrity as a young person, that is what would characterize your life. If you must experience a paradigm shift and take all that is rightfully yours, then you must be ready to get out of your comfort zone and do the unusual. Life would not give you what you want, but what you demand of it.

Let me illustrate my point. In 1 Samuel 17, God’s people were daily harassed and intimidated by Goliath. No person could dare challenge him in all the land. Everyone was limited, garaged, and literally brought to their knees by one man. David came into the camp at the right time and heard the challenge. He immediately decided to put an end to the siege against God’s people. As far as David was concerned, Israel has lost so much ground. It was time to take back lost territory. Goliath had been in charge for too long and it was time for power to shift.

From today’s Bible passage, you will notice that David ran towards Goliath rather than run away from him. What is that saying to you? Don’t get frightened. Run towards your challenge and obtain victory. As the seed of the righteous, the scriptures declare that you would contend with the enemy at the gate. When the enemy brings the fight to your gate or place of influence, you have a responsibility to stand up to him. In this case, Goliath brought the battle to the gates of God’s people and it took a son, and a builder of the family name to remove the shame and reproach. That is what you are called to do.

Child of God, your own Goliath may be your academics, low self-esteem, or undue peer pressure. I encourage you to confront your own Goliath today and see it bow before you.

Further Reading: 1 Samuel 17:20-58
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 123-125; Evening- 1 Corinthians 10:1-18

Leave a Reply