Can you imagine seeing everything through God's eyes? How different might our reactions and responses be? A red light might actually be seen as protecting instead of stopping us. Trouble the size of a mountain through God's eyes might be an opportunity for growth and strengthening instead of an obstacle. A huge, hairy spider instead of scary might be remarkable - or not.
While reading the very familiar story of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17, I saw something through new eyes - eyes of God's illumination. I found it interesting that David never called the imposing warrior, Goliath, a giant or, even by his name. Instead, David saw Goliath through God's eyes.
In case you're not familiar with the story, let me refresh your memory or give you a quick update. The Philistines gathered their forces for war against the Israelites. Each day their most imposing warrior would come to the battle lines and challenge the Israelites to send one man out to fight him. The Israelites, paralyzed in fear for forty days by these terrifying taunts, refused to send anyone against the giant Goliath. He was a significant threat in height, strength, and war experience compared to anyone in the army of Israel. If their man lost, then the Israelites had to serve the Philistines. No one wanted to be responsible for such a failure.
David enters the battle lines just at the time Goliath shouts his daily threatening challenge. But David's response was different. David said, Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the army of the living God? David didn't seem threatened by Goliath's size, brawn, or experience. What made the difference between this youth and the other Israelites who were paralyzed by fear?
We find the answer in David's conversation with King Saul. Saul said, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth. But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord rescued me from both the paw of the lion and the bear. He will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."
The difference between David and all the other Israelites was that David's sight and consequent reality were formed by his relationship and experience with God. David saw Goliath through eyes of faith while everyone else saw him through natural eyes.
David had time as a shepherd to observe the beauty of nature and write songs to play and worship while he watched the sheep night and day. David did not cower to the lion or bear when they attacked his sheep. He didn't sit down, complain, or pace anxiously in fear that the lion or bear would come after him. No, David went on the offense after the lion and defeated it with God's help. He knew God was with him to supply the strength needed to rescue his sheep. David knew to face his fear, or the lion would be back for the rest of the sheep and possibly him. Through steps of faith, He faced his fear and conquered it. He went after the threat and reclaimed what was rightfully his.
When David called the Philistine "uncircumcised," he was referring to the Philistine not being in covenant with God as one of his people. All the Jews were circumcised from birth, and circumcision was the sign of the agreement between God and Abraham's children. God was with His people to protect them, care for them, fight for them and, provide their needs. David knew who he was - a child of God. David also knew that the all-powerful God was with Him and not with that Philistine. God called the Israelites a holy nation, which meant that they were His.
That same God is in and with His followers today to help us face temptation and fearful or threatening situations. Being with God changes our perception and reality. Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified version says, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose. I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace." God in His child is more powerful than any enemy or obstacle.
David gave no credence to Goliath's experience, size, or strength by calling him a giant or by mentioning his name. He created a level playing field by calling his enemy just another Philistine. What do we call our obstacles or threats? Giants? Insurmountable Mountains or a strengthening exercise? Cancer or just another disease? A problem or an opportunity for growth? Impossible? Or do we remember that with God, all things are possible?
We all face giants at some point in our life - things that seem impossible. Sometimes it's not even a giant that sidelines or paralyzes us in fear or anxiety. It may be the constant waves of life that wear us down. But how we see them and respond can be transformed as we spend time hanging out with God like David. Are you facing your fears and reclaiming what the enemy has stolen as David did?
An old chorus, "Potters Hand," includes the prayer, "teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my life through Your eyes." To see things through God's eyes and power, we need to be with Him, get into His Word and meditate on it , and like David, put
it into practice. As we experience God's power, it changes our eyesight and gives us insight into His victory. Whose eyes are you seeing through?