Slaying Your Goliath

We all have a Goliath in our lives.  Unlike the biblical story of David and Goliath, ours certainly isn’t the gigantic Philistine with heavy armor that David took out with one stone.  Our Goliath more likely comes in the form of those “big” problems in our lives which seem impossible to overcome.  Our Goliath may be the grip of an addiction, a paralyzing fear, financial hardship, chronic regret or resentment, or an ongoing sin or habit.  At its essence, our Goliath is something that draws us away from God and keeps us from experiencing the peace and joy he wants us to experience in our lives.

Therefore, God calls us to defeat the Goliath’s in our lives and win the victory over that which separates us from Him.  Like the Biblical story of David slaying Goliath (1 Samuel 17) we must be confident in knowing that the Lord will give us the necessary strength and weapons to fight our battles armed with his courage. But how do we do this?  Initially, we must first look our Goliath in the eye, call it what it is and commit to defeating it with God’s help. A great place to begin is through the powerful healing Sacrament of Confession in which we make a thorough and honest moral inventory of our lives through the confession of our sins.  We must also recognize that we cannot overcome our problems by ourselves.

However, once we commit with determination to defeat our Goliath while trusting in God’s saving power and grace – amazing feats can occur!  With God, our ordinary efforts become extraordinary in defeating the giants in our lives.  As David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 37).

We must also recognize the problem for what it is – a crossroad in our life, a defining moment in which we can either decide to “put on the armor of Christ” or allow ourselves to continue to succumb to our Goliath which could negatively impact the rest of our lives and keep us from God’s loving plans.  In Ephesians we are urged to seek help from God in our battle, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground ” (Ephesians 6:11-13).  What will you decide for?

In the story of David and Goliath, we find that David “ran quickly toward the battle line to meet Goliath” (1 Samuel 48).  In other words, he didn’t waste time contemplating his next move.  Instead he swiftly took action, knocking out Goliath with only a smooth stone and sling and then finished him off with the sword.  We too are called to not delay in meeting and defeating our Goliaths.  We can see David’s swift action was based upon his confidence in the Lord.  Like David, we mustn’t be intimidated or frightened by our Goliath,  “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord almighty, the God of the armies of Israel” (1 Samuel 45).  David was diligent and even if, in his humanity, he experienced any level of fear or intimidation it melted away through the faith and confidence he had in knowing that with God, even that which seems impossible, can be accomplished.

It is also important to confront your Goliath with fervent prayer as well as a plan of action.  For starters, it includes studying God’s commandments, reflecting on his word and applying it in our lives through action.  It includes the healing and restorative power of the Holy Mass and Sacrament of Confession.  At times, it may be painful as we expose our hidden Goliath to the light of truth.   But this is where the healing and dealing with the problem begins.  Like David, we can put our fear to flight and together with God begin to take action against our problem.  Unlike the others, David ran towards Goliath determined to fight the Philistine warrior, remembering that no problem is bigger than God.

Do not grow weary or discouraged if you also find you are fighting your battle alone with little or no support.  David’s oldest brother, Eliab, chided his youngest brother’s confidence prior to battle, misinterpreting David’s faithful conviction as arrogance. Yet, David was not discouraged after this verbal attack from his sibling.  Without earthly help – he realized that his help, strength, and support came from God above who would deliver him.  In our humanity, the enemy would love to see us fail.   The words, “You can’t do it. Why don’t you just give up,” may enter into our minds during our battle.

Yet, God says just the opposite, “You can do it.  I am always with you.  Do not fear and never give up!”  The bible encourages us to suit up using the armor of faith for “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).  Like David, let us be tenacious, strong and faith-filled when it comes to defeating the Goliath in our lives.  David trusted in God’s power and persevered in slaying his giant and so must we, remembering that God is always in our corner, supporting us and helping each of us onward to victory!

Judy Keane


Judy Keane is a Catholic writer and a communications/marketing executive who resides in Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA in International Business and is the author of Single and Catholic, published by Sophia Institute Press.

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  • OneTimothyThreeFifteen

    Great piece, but end of the fourth paragraph is left hanging… 🙁
    Can you fix it, please? Thank you.

  • scatterwisdom

    Just read a great fairly new book titled David and Goliath which is in tune of your post today. You might enjoy it too. Good post.

    Regards and good will blogging

  • Teresa T

    Love this article! If possible though, please fix the 4th paragraph. An apostrophe is missing in Gods and the end of the paragraph is missing as was noted in a previous comment. Thank you so much and God bless!

    “We must also recognize the problem for what it is – a crossroad in our life, a defining moment in which we can either decide to “put on the armor of Christ” or allow ourselves to continue to succumb to our Goliath which could negatively impact the rest of our lives and keep us from Gods loving plans. In Ephesians we are urged to seek help from God in our battle, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground ” (Ephesians 6:11-13). What will you decide for”

  • catholicexchange

    Whoops on the editor’s part! Thanks for noticing in a cheerful and charitable way 🙂

    Michael Lichens

  • CharlesOConnell

    My Goliath is my own anger and bitterness. I was very bitter against my daughter, who was warned not to smoke marijuana while she was pregnant, and who now has two children who present with behavioral problems, after having been born with measurable levels of marijuana residues in their blood.

    The solution to my paralyzing bitterness was to pray the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots.

    In this novena, you cannot “confess another’s sin”, you have to pose your prayer in terms of your own faults, otherwise you cannot even pray the novena.

    I have received notable relief from my bitterness, I believe, as a direct result from praying this novena.

    Though I previously believed very strongly in all that the Church teaches about the Blessed Virgin Mary, I had never had a very deep relationship with her before praying the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots.

    Now, my confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary has increased vastly.

    She is the one I count upon to help slay my personal Goliaths.

  • djbyrnes

    The Rosary was prefigured by David’s sling. With it we can slay all the Goliaths in our life. That’s why St. Padre Pio always called it his weapon.

  • Anon

    My wife seems to be what is separating most from God. How do I slay this “Goliath” without leaving her? It’s my kids who suffer the most from mom’s indifference to God, mocking weekly Mass, etc. How can I love my wife when I’m constantly furious with her? I’m also constantly sad and stressed living there; it’s tough without any marital support. I’m praying for anything, really, since life kinda stinks right now. Every day is pretty miserable being unequally yoked.

  • Terri

    Anon: I know what it is liked to have a spouse who not only doesn’t share my faith, but mocks and belittles. Like David, have faith in God. Ask Him to help you love your wife and show that love in everything you say and do. Quietly but firmly practice your faith with your children. Be a happy Christian inside and out. It took years, but my spouse entered the church when he was 42 years old, after twenty years of marriage.

  • Daniel Davis

    Thank you for this article .At this moment many Goliaths are floating in my mind . After reading this I can hear God’s reassuring words – “You can do it. I am always with you. Do not fear and never give up!” reverberating in my mind. Praise God.

  • I am living right where you are – I promise you. Remember St Monica who prayed for 30 years for her husband & son. (My wife a non-catholic doesn’t realize that’s her patron Saint whom I ask for help) Jesus loved and never spoke an ill word of those who tortured him and eventually killed him. He asks we do the same. I cry alone and offer it up to Jesus in atonement for the sins of the world, the Holy Souls in purgatory and for Our Lady’s intentions.

    This life was not meant to be easy – if you find yourself living the big life than wake up – you may be out of touch with God and in tune with this world. The more pain you bear with humility hear the more joyous your stay in heaven. It’s a gift.

    Yes – sometimes it’s over bearing but I find the saints and Our Lady as great confidants. My guardian bears much as well. Pray the Rosary. Pray when driving. Our Mother told us: Pray until it becomes a joy.

    I’ve learned that peace in my heart does not mean peace in my life.

    I pray for you friend and I ask you pray for me, just one Ave Maria.

  • Lee

    Harden not your heart. Pray for your wife that she come to know Jesus, know that He loves her and she will begin recognizing Him through your love, your kindness, your gentleness and your openness to her love. Share your love for her with her. You share it with Jesus, and the only way we can bring Him to others is showing our love first. Be firm in your own love for Jesus, because He is always with us no matter how long it takes some of us. God’s ready.

  • angie

    I will pray and offer things up for you. Her mockery may be showing that this bothers her more than you know. I would not discuss religion at all with her and just love and respect her and romance her and make much of her. You’ll confuse her. Your kids will learn a lot from this: love. Words don’t convert…Padre St Pio said its easier to shrink a tumor than change a heart or mind…so pray and love not necessarily talk. I get migraines and will offer this up and pray for you. God bless.

  • Lee

    This is so loving. Thank you for your wise words and kind offering.

  • sunnyd55

    Amen. Praise Jesus Christ! He saved my miserable life and now I testify and am involved daily. Praise Jesus Christ!


    I priest told me “if you’re not suffering , your not on the right road”. We Christians have to suffer to relief Jesus because He’s suffering in souls that do not LOVE HIM! You have to be in love with Jesus and say” whatever You want ,I want” Plain and simple, the more you’re suffering , the more you are like Jesus, and sharing in His Passion , and saving souls which He loves every Soul that He created. My mother was sick for 6 yrs ,then she died then my sister had cancer for 2 , she died. Back in 1978 my father died. Had a lot of suffering but that’s nothing, Thru all this caring care of mom and sister, my husband was cheating on me for years,for who knows how long, caught them, long story short ,I KNOW THE DEVIL IS AFTER ME BECAUSE HE HATES GOD AND HATES GOD’S COVENANT IN MARRIAGE!!! So that said , I told God to take me or convert my husband. I will not get a divorce , and IS STILL married 32 years. BELIEVE IN GOD AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THINGS, SOME TIMES THE PROBLEM IS TOO BIG FOR US!! Everything belongs to Him anyways , really give it to God and let go. In the END our home is in Heaven for ALL ETERNITY!!!!! /what’s a little suffering compare to God’s Love FOREVER!!! Offer all your suffering to Jesus and all soulS
    and when you get to Heaven millions of souls will greet you in Heaven and will say ‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUFFERING THAT SAVED ME FROM ETERNAL HELL!!! Amen to you my brothers and sister in Jesus!!!!!

  • Pilgrim

    Our Lady’s messages in Medjugorje tell us that to slay any Goliath in your life, you need to do five things: fast, pray, attend mass for the eucharist, read scripture, and confess your sins. Those five things are indeed a handful, but I think they’ll help us win the battle every time.