“And the Philistine (Goliath) said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” (I Samuel 17:10)
“Then David spoke to the men who stood by him saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26)
“Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him (Goliath); your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (I Samuel 17:32-33)
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will I give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all the assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (I Samuel 17:45-47)
“So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. ” (I Samuel 17:48-51)
The story of David and Goliath is well-known in the Christian world, but within this story are so many spiritual truths. That is the beauty of the Old Testament. On the surface it is a history book, but it the Holy Spirit brings out really beautiful truths in these stories. Here are a few of these truths:
- The entire army of Israel was gripped with terror of the Philistines and their giant champion Goliath. On the outside he looked completely terrifying and he was fully intent on killing anyone who got near him. In these days of political correctness, which is a form of fear of man, many Christians are willing to cower before it. God is looking for the Davids of the day to rise up and challenge the giants who defy the living God.
- On the outside, David was on a suicide mission going up against this giant who was skilled in the art of war and killing. Goliath was fully capable of tearing David limb from limb. David only had 5 smooth stones–not even jagged ones, and a sling-shot. He was only seventeen years old. All Israel just knew he was a goner! But God does not need a whole army to kill any giant. He just needs the willing and the obedient and belief in His ability and willingness to do it.
- What is the likelihood of a young boy to sling a stone with enough force to bring a nine -foot giant face-down to the ground? The same force that enabled David to kill the lion and the bear in the wilderness; this same force enabled David to bring the giant down. God takes our limited resources and gets the job done! He is the power behind our faith.
- When Israel’s army saw that David had won, it empowered them and they chased the Philistines and defeated them utterly that day. When we are facing giants, the people of God are watching and the enemy’s armies are watching. Our victories are inspirations to others to stand up and believe God to face the giants in their lives.
Beloved of God, He doesn’t need a lot to bring victory into YOUR life. He needs your willingness to stand. He needs your faith and confidence in His willingness and ability to give you the victory. He needs you to take that first step towards your giant and He will do the rest.