“Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. ‘Why are you all coming out to fight?’ he called. ‘I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves. I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!’ When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken. 1 Samuel 17:8-11
Goliath stood 9′ tall. His bronze coat weighed 125 pounds and his spear head weighed 15 pounds. He was an extraordinary warrior. Funny to me having these attributes he called for one little Israelite to fight. Seems to me he could have fought many of them and succeeded. But he just asked for one. With all of his weighty talk it sounds like deep inside there was some inferiority. Maybe he had heard of the God of Israel and wasn’t so sure he could win. His arrogant taunts went on for 40 days. Ever known anyone like that? So deeply inferior that they are boastful about all they want you to think they are.
Saul and the Israelites were deeply shaken by his size and threats. Day after day the same taunts from Goliath. I surmise that their fear and anxiety increased with each passing day. There is no mention that they went before Almighty God and petitioned Him as what to do. Their anxiety over their situation had snuffed their ability to effectively reason. Fear will do that to you. It will grip your heart firmly. Fear is the dependence on yourself or someone else (or lack thereof) to rescue you. It’s hard to have confidence when trusting in fallible humans.
Enter David. Enter faith. David is so offended by Goliath taunting God’s army that he volunteers to go. David doesn’t see a giant. David sees his God that is more colossal than anyone can imagine. David sees the solution rather than the problem. He has experience with God. He fully trusts in Him. In his eyes, no one is going to oppose his God in that way.
Mind you, David is a shepherd. He has no military training. He knows how to tend sheep. He also knows how to defend them against predators. With the help of Almighty God he had been victorious over lions and bears. This reminds me of Psalm 91:13 where it says that we will trample the lion and the cobra underfoot.
God likely used David because of his faith. God uses highly unlikely people for great feats. He does this for His own glory. If he would have sent a great warrior against Goliath, him and the Israelites would likely have taken the credit for the victory.
Saul and David’s brothers opposed him. They looked at David and then Goliath and thought “No way!” But that didn’t stop him. You can always expect opposition when on a mission for God. Press on, if God is for you who can be against?
David tried on Saul’s armor but it was heavy, awkward and unfamiliar. Instead of doing it the way it had always been done, he went a different route. He went into battle with no armor. Just his faith, a sling and a stone. Faith is the absence of fear. Fear is the absence of faith. Don’t be afraid to step out and take a different path than the others.
God went before David that day. He was standing behind Him. I believe that the glory of our Holy God shown in the face of that giant rendering him helpless. The only thing David had to do was what he knew how to do. Hurl the rock. He had no fear, he fully trusted God for the outcome. Of course he was victorious! Do what you know how to do. Offer what you have to Him and let him couple it with supernatural power and just wait for the victory.
What about you? What kind of giant are you facing? Has fear gripped your heart and you have no idea what to do? Do you feel like you have faith but you are still afraid? I’ve been there. I lived in fear most of my life. I was afraid of everything because I was depending on myself to fix my problems. I had botched up my past so badly, fear of my next decision crippled my life.
Enter Jesus. Enter Hope. Enter Strength and Resolution. When I fully trusted God, my anxiety left. I placed my life at his feet and walked forward in faith. You can too. You kind of feel like you are falling off of a cliff, but He’s there to catch you, I promise. Trust Him, let Him take control. Show your giant who your God is.