One of the most famous stories in the Bible is the story of a Shepherd boy named David who battled a Giant Warrior named Goliath. This story has come to symbolize courage, underdogs and even military strategy, but I believe the truth of this story teaches us a valuable lesson about something unexpected. The story of David and Goliath is really a story about Trusting God and being true to yourself.
Let’s take a look at this familiar passage of Scripture and I think you’ll see this story come to life in a new way…
“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 1 Samuel 17:32
God will often call us to do things that don’t make sense! David knew what God had called him to do. It didn’t make sense for him to fight a Giant, but it didn’t have to make sense. He knew God was with him so he moved forward with courage and confidence.
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” 1 Samuel 17:33
There will always be people who try to talk you out of your dreams, so you must resolve to stay true to what you know in your gut you need to do. Never let someone talk you out of something that God has called you to do!
Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 1 Samuel 17:38-39
Remember that when God calls you to something, He won’t call you to become someone else to do it. He wants you to be the unique masterpiece He created you to be!
Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:41-47
Remember that God is the source of your strength!
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 1 Samuel 17:48
Don’t run away from the challenge, have the faith to run towards it. God is with you!
Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 1 Samuel 17:49-50
Don’t focus on what you don’t have, because God is all you really need. With God, you can conquer ANYTHING!