I Samuel 17:34-37 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
Hebrews 11 – Hall of Faith (stories and accounts of people who showed tremendous faith)
Hebrews 11:39a “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith…”
A history with God is a proven relationship cultivated by spending time with Him. I’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit and really walking with God for 10 years now. In that time I have proven God’s faithfulness in my life through relationship and fellowship with Him. When David faced Goliath, a foe that all of Israel was scared of, he knew that God would be with him. He had faced a lion and a bear when he was away from the crowds and support, and the Lord delivered him. David was confident, that even when facing a giant, that God was still good and still in control. David had spent time proving God in private, and when his public moment came, he knew that God was with him, and stepped out in faith.
Private battles will prepare you for public encounters.
Proving God through a relationship allows you to step out in faith when everything around you says not to do it. Why? When you hear God saying “yes” and the whole world seemingly says “no,” you will be inclined to believe who you trust the most. Building a relationship with God builds trust and trust builds faith.
It’s important to remember though, that faith is can be risky, sometimes we may not know the outcome, we just have to trust God. We can choose to step out in faith even if we haven’t seen God do what we’re asking (David may never have heard of a giant being slayed, but knew that God was with him, and that was enough for him). It’s in the knowing the goodness and love of God that we are confident He is faithful and works all things for the good of those who love Him.