Do you remember hearing the story of David and Goliath as a child ? How the small boy used his sling shot to kill the massive gaint ? I think this was one of the most popular children’s bibles stories when I was growing up . Everyone cheered on the small underdog fighting the gaint man , but was the small young man actually the underdog?
There are many lessons we can learn from this story , it’s not just of an underdog defeating the gaint . It is about faith , courage , and accomplishment . All given from God .
There have been times in my life I was like the Israelites , I was frightened by the massive problem at hand . I did not use my faith to get me through , I fell on emotions and fear . If I would have been closer to God and used faith to fight , I would have been able to fight my gaints in life . Now , I see the Lord as my strength when I don’t have it to fight . Faith is my weapon . It’s the Lord’s battle .
Let’s learn from David .
I Samuel 17
David the Shepherd, was strong in faith and loved the Lord . As he protected his sheep from a bear and a lion , David protected the Israelites from Goliath of Gath. As the story goes through of serving Saul , to volunteering to fight the Goliath when no other would , David was scorned by his brother for being at the front of battle , he had to convince Saul to allow him to fight , Even Saul the tallest in his kingdom would not fight Goliath but what faith David had ! He stood up to fight against the Gaint in his life , in the lives of God’s people . Do we have that faith during our times of feeling defeat ?
How many of you have ever have gaints in your life? Did the gaint torment , cursed you , hurt you , tried to destory you ? Goliath cursed and mocked God’s people for 40 days . He mocked David , and cursed our Lord . Standing over 9 ft tall Goliath was fearless.
Just as our gaints they no fear , they seek out to harm and destruction. They will not stop until we as the David’s in our time stop it . It can be loneliness, depression, addictions , rejection , family problems , sickness many , many more we can face . With these at our feet do we fight with what God can give us . Sometimes we may have to search but it’s there . We don’t need swords or armor , we need faith !
1 Samuel 17 :45 ( NLT )
But David said to him , ” You come to me using a sword , a large spear amd a small spear . But I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heavens armies , He’s the God of the armies of Israel ! You have spoken out against him .
David did not see Goliath as a massive man that wanted to destory him , he looked at the gaint as God would see him . David saw Goliath as a problem that had to be taken care of . David faced that gaint with linen cloth on his back and his herding staff , no sword , no shields.. He had God!!!
1 Samuel 17:47 ( NLT )
Everyone gathered here will know the Lord does not need swords or Spears to save people , The battle belongs to him ! And he will help us defeat you all .
As Goliath came closer to David on the battle field , David placed his rock into his sling and slung the rock . The stone hit the gaint in his forehead amd it sank into it . Goliath fell .. The mighty gaint fell !!! Can we do this with our gaints ? Yes we can !! We have the power and that power is through God. Look your gaint in the face as David and sling your stone !! I know there may be times we need help with ours but God will help provide that help . It’s up to us if we see it , if we see past the emotions and see our Lord standing there , reaching for us.
My sisters ,
I understand and know first hand our gaints can be great and can be difficult to fight . But remember Satan wants us to be defeated . God will help defeat the gaint .. If it’s through a pastor , counselors , friends , or programs take that . God maybe showing the way . Trust and let the Lord have all of you !!!!