As children of God, we should never let the enemy cause us to under-estimate ourselves for in doing so, he knows that he can get us to remain below our full potential in the Lord.
In 1 Samuel 17, we read that one day David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers. David was probably just a young teenager at the time. While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?”
Note: David recognized a challenge against God. Will we recognize a blatant challenge against God? How many of us will recognize a challenge and think about it?
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said “Why camest thou down hither? and with whom has thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another.
Note: Whenever we are stirred to action on behalf of the Lord, we will provoke reaction of surrounding people – those who are themselves not willing, fearing and incapable to act in faith. They will misunderstand us, try distracting us by focusing our attention on what we should be doing, accusing us of pride, and misconstrue our motives. As David did, we must stay the course and know our place and mission in God. We must learn to turn from our discouragers to encouragers at such times. Why did they wait forty days to begin the battle? Probably for several reasons. Everyone was afraid of Goliath. He seemed invincible. Not even King Saul, the tallest man in Israel, had stepped out to fight. Also, the sides of the valley were very steep. Whoever made the first move would have a strong disadvantage and probably suffer great loss. Both sides were waiting for the other to attack first.
And David said unto Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him, thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
Note: David was true and stout-hearted. He was reassuring and volunteered to do the work. Can we be the same when faced with a challenge
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
Note: We must not be put down because of our age for in God’s hands all things are possible. We must not bank on the reputation of another to frighten us – we must prove it ourselves.
David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of the Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
Note: David banked on his experience and was persuasive acknowledging the hand of God on his life. God uses the faithful. We should do the same from our experience with God to reassure the faltering in faith. Once reaffirmed, the support to face the challenge is gained. Praise the Lord, and He honours our faith and the challenge becomes history.
So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David fight against the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd’s staff, slingshot and a pouch full of stones.
David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.
Note: When the giant criticized, insulted and threatened, David didn’t stop or even waver. Everyone else cowered in fear, but David ran to the battle. He knew that action needed to be taken. David did the right thing in spite of discouraging insults and fearful threats. Only God’s opinion mattered to David.
David said to the Philistine, “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.”
Note: David chose not to wear the King’s armor because it felt cumbersome and unfamiliar. David was comfortable with his simple slingshot, a weapon he was skilled at using. God will use the unique skills he’s already placed in your hands, so don’t worry about “wearing the King’s armor.” Just be yourself and use the familiar gifts and talents God has given you. He will work miracles through you. David’s faith in God caused him to look at the giant from a different perspective. Goliath was merely a mortal man defying an all-powerful God. David looked at the battle from God’s point of view. If we look at giant problems and impossible situations from God’s perspective, we realize that God will fight for us and with us. When we put things in proper perspective, we see more clearly and we can fight more effectively.
As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath’s head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone 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. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp.
Are you facing a giant problem or impossible situation? Stop for a minute and refocus. Can you see the situation more clearly from God’s vantage point? Do you need to take courageous action in the face of insults and fearful circumstances? Do you trust that God will fight for you and with you? Remember, God’s opinion is the only one that matters.
May we always be reaching forth unto those things that the Lord has planned for us.