December 1, 2020
I have always taken notice of the extreme opposites in the Bible. By that, I mean there are many examples of seemingly lowly people doing amazing things, as in the story of David and Goliath. They were very opposite! Goliath was huge and powerful and well-armored for battle. David, on the other hand was just a shepherd boy, the youngest of 7 brothers, three of which were soldiers in Saul’s army.
The story goes like this…David’s father, Jesse, sent David with some food to check on his brothers. While he was at the battle site, after dropping off the food for his brothers, David hears Goliath shouting, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! David was instantly incensed by it, so he asked some men near Him,
““What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26 NIV
In our modern vocabulary, I am guessing this would sound something like, “Who does he think he is?!!! How dare he insult my God and the army of God!! David’s oldest brother, Eliab, then called David conceited and scolded him for coming just to watch the battle. David, however was not deterred. He didn’t run.To me, that is a stopping point for reflection. David did not do what was expected, because He expected God’s power. Let’s look at the opposites in the story.
Goliath was an experienced soldier. David was a youth
Goliath was nine feet tall. David was not full grown.
When Goliath yelled, the Israelites fled. David stood where he was.
Goliath had on a hundred or so pounds of armor. David wore none.
Saul’s army was scared of Goliath. David was confident of God.
David had a deadly spear. David had a sling shot, often used as a kid’s toy.
Goliath had much conceit due to his large size. David had confidence in God despite his own size and because of God’s big size.
Goliath called on his gods to curse David. David called on the One God, to help him defeat Goliath.
And then…David did what he said he would do, in the name of the Lord God almighty. He killed Goliath! This is not just a kids’ Bible story. It is a piece of valuable history, jam-packed with wisdom for us adults. When we have God on our side, anything is possible. Our size and strength have nothing to do with our chances of success when it comes to fighting the enemy of the world. It has everything to do with the size and strength of our God!
May we never read a Bible story again without realizing Your faithfulness to us in our own times of battle. Everything in the Bible is true and applies to us today. We want David’s confidence for our daily stresses. Please melt and mold our hearts and minds to the shape of You. May we be so filled with Your majesty and authority that we can , with confidence, tell our giants, “No, you will not defeat me. I have the living God on my side and inside.” We love You today and always and forever! Amen
What giants are you facing in your life? Health, finances, work stresses? Tell those giants that their time is limited because God is on your side. Don’t lose confidence. God’s timing is His. He says He will never leave us and He cannot lie.
Love and prayers to all,,