David had crowds of triumphant experiences with God – a convincing resource from which he drew his faith to fight this monster of a man. Do you have instances of victory over life’s circumstances; do not go for unfamiliar and weighty armor which may not work for you. Like a child, simply trust in God and use the familiar gifts and talents he has given you. He will work miracles through you, use them today as Davidic faith against the goliath before you. With God, the seeming gigantic problem will crumble in humiliation before you.
The army of the Philistine who were Israel’s perpetual enemy had assembled for war against Israel. Goliath - a Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall came out each day for forty days to mock and challenge the Israelites to fight. At this time Saul was Israel’s king. God already had rejected him as king. He could not, therefore, perhaps, for fear face Goliath. Israel and the whole army were continually terrified by Goliath.
One day Jesse sent David, his youngest son to the battle lines to bring back news of his brothers. David’s brothers loathed his visit for what they saw as his over-zealousness. David attempted to set the record straight, but his brothers would not be dissuaded. How do you handle those who misrepresent your good intentions? You may wish to read 1 Samuel chapter 17 for the full story of how David’s faith triumphed over fear and misrepresentation.
While David was with his angry brothers, he heard Goliath’s boastful defiance and insults which he hurled against Israel. Also, he noticed the fear of the men of Israel and enquired, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?"
Moved with righteous rage, confidence and implicit trust in the supreme power of God which he had previously experienced, David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, notwithstanding, before King Saul finally agreed to let David fight against the giant. David attempted to put on King Saul’s armor, which he offered him, but it was too heavy for him. So, dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd's staff, slingshot and a pouch full of stones, David approached Goliath.
Seeing his size, the giant cursed at David, launching threats and insults. But David countered with faith in God, "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, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
David simply reached into his bag. He slung one of his stones at Goliath's head, and with God, the stone found a hole in Goliath's armor. Miraculously, it sank into the giant's forehead and he fell, face down on the ground. David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and then cut off his head.
What a triumph? When the giant criticized, insulted and threatened, David didn't stop or even waver. Everyone else got drowned in fear, but David ran to the battle. He knew that action needed to be taken. He was sure that God was with him. So he did the right thing in spite of discouraging insults, fearful threats and empty arrogance. Only God's opinion mattered to David. This is a lesson for us all.
David had crowds of triumphant experiences with God – assured and convincing resource from which he drew his faith to fight this monster of a man. Do you have instances of victory over life’s circumstances; do not go for unfamiliar and weighty armor which may not work for you. Like a child, simply trust in God and use the familiar gifts and talents he has given you. He will work miracles through you, use them today as Davidic faith against the goliath before you. With God, the seeming gigantic problem will crumble in humiliation before you.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 Remain blessed. Emaeyak Ekanem