Faith is at the heart of everything we believe in the Christian life. Yet, much like Jesus’ disciples, many of us struggle with doubt. In “The Thrill of Trusting God,” Dr. Stanley uses David's victory over Goliath to illustrate what an active faith looks like. The thrilling thing about knowing the Lord Jesus Christ is that we can trust in our heavenly Father who hears us when we pray. Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.
Staring across the Elah Valley into the eyes of Goliath, David recalled the times God had delivered him from the brink of disaster. God had always given him the ability he needed to triumph. Now he faced one of the greatest challenges of his life—a trained and well-armed warrior named Goliath.
At some point, each of us will face what seem to be mammoth trials and difficulties. This is why we must know how to respond to every threat by laying hold of the kind of victorious faith that looks beyond what we can see to what God sees.
The secret of David’s success was his ability to trust and obey God. Had he looked merely at the giant challenge facing him, he would have turned around and run away, as did the rest of the Israelites. But through faith, David saw what his countrymen did not.
In times of extreme pressure, God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him. Without a strong, abiding faith, we can quickly yield to temptation and fear, especially when the trial or difficulty is intense or prolonged. God developed David’s trust until it became unshakable.