The story of David and Goliath (1 Sam 17) is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It is a strong reminder of who we are as children of God. So many people are living defeated lives because they look at the trees rather than the forest and focus on the immediate problem. They forget who they are in Christ. David reminds us of our high standing as a member in the family of God.
The passage depicts the Israeli army trembling in fear of an ungodly giant. Enter David, who was a child – not a warrior or soldier — who cared for his father’s sheep. Upon hearing Goliath’s challenge to the Israelites, David says,
“What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God.”
This little runt of a boy spoke boldly of the confidence in His God to take care of the situation. He spoke so powerfully that the King heard and wanted to speak with him. The first thing David said in verse 32 was, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” From a human perspective this was a sad, peculiar response. After all, here was a child who had no military training but yet willing to take on a mighty giant warrior. Further, when questioned about his abilities, he replied that he had protected his sheep from a lion and a bear. While this was admirable, it was not the kind of skill needed to fight an experienced warrior. However, David knew he would win the battle based not on whom he was or what he could do, but because he was a child of the most High God. In verse 37, he states his confidence, “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 this Philistine.”
Now, fast forward to our own lives. Like the Israelites, we get caught up in our surroundings and lose focus on God and what He wants to do in our lives. The lesson is, if God has given us a passion or plan, we must stay focused on Him or we’ll miss the prize. By looking around with concern and worry, we will always see people that are bigger, stronger, smarter and more capable than us. This will lead us to our inadequacies, not to our strengths. There were hundreds of warriors more qualified than David to meet Goliath, but they had all lost focus on God and that He is willing to fight our battles. As David met Goliath, he knew who was in control as he stated in vs. 45-47,
“Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand: and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beast of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Corinthians 1:27 advises that God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
Do not trust your abilities, talents, or gifts but trust the One who has given them to you, knowing that He has a plan for your life!