The story of David and Goliath provides a variety of key turning points in the Old Testament. This unscripted, unforeseen encounter with a giant provided David with an opportunity to show why God selected him.
The challenges that may feel like an obstacle could be the encounter that propels us into God’s plan for our life.
This story also demonstrates the efficacy of God’s power and might over Israel’s most persistent enemy. God’s power and might does not always prevent battles but provides us with the occasion to witness God at work.
David v. Goliath is not a story of human courage. Instead, it’s about the awesome power of a life built around bold faith in the LORD!
Enthusiasm and human courage are no substitute for the power of God. Yet, it’s not the result that should be in focus as much as David’s faith in God.
Faith doesn’t dictate to God how things should happen. Instead, it aligns us with His will. Genuine faith must always be viewed through the Word and will of God.
- Paul had faith in God to heal him, but God had a different healing in mind than what Paul expected.
- Esther put her faith in God in confronting the king about the plot to exterminate the Jews, and she was well aware that she may perish in the process.
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego took a stand in faith and said they would not bow to any idol, even if God did not rescue them from the fiery furnace.
David’s faith is fired up when he hears the Hebrew Army talking among themselves and hears the taunting of Goliath. Goliath is described as a champion of the Philistines. The word champion in the Hebrew describes someone that is superior or unmatched.
David was too young to serve in the military and was delegated to delivering food, a mundane task. Yet, his faithfulness to such tasks brought David to this pivotal moment in his life.
- Never discount the menial everyday tasks and assume you’ll never go higher than that.
- Those who are faithful with a little will be entrusted with more.
- Where you are currently at is critical in preparing you for where God is leading you.
There is something about what you are doing now that God is using to teach you something that will prepare you for what’s next.
King Saul and the Army’s fatal mistake was looking at the size of Goliath and conceding they could not win.
David looked at Goliath and was fully convinced God could not lose! They looked at the same thing, but their faith or lack of, produced two different responses.
This is God’s method of operation. He allows us, His people, to face situations that are bigger than us, so we will turn to Him as the world sees the power of God at work.
When you get through a difficult season or overcome unbeatable odds, and others say, “I don’t know how you managed,” or “I would not have survived that,” that’s the difference God makes.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 explains how God uses the foolish thigs in the world to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong. Our limitations, when surrendered to God, don’t limit Him!
Every time you are faced with insurmountable odds, it’s an opportunity for God to work through you to do the impossible.
The intent of challenges and obstacles in life is to get you to focus on your opponent or the odds instead of the God who fights for us.
After accepting the challenge and meeting Goliath on the battlefield, David says in verse 47, “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
His statement shifts the spotlight from himself and places it on God. David trusted God would fill in the gap. He knew that “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
That mindset is a game-changer!
The Goliaths in our lives are not always visible, but they can be as formidable.
Our Goliath might be;
- A specific challenge we are avoiding because it looks too difficult.
- Anxiety or worry over the present or the future;
- The unexpected news that has set you back and depleted hope;
- Maybe it’s a battle with sin that’s robbing you of the joy of your salvation.
God is our champion. The Goliaths in our lives may try to convince us otherwise, but, like David, giants will fall when we focus on God and not our opponent.
God has not allowed you to face these moments so that you will lose. He has allowed you to face these moments so that you can see Him win.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7