There are many Bible stories I love and find inspiring. I relish reading about the Prophet Jonah, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jesus feeding the 5000, Moses parting the Red Sea etc., but if I had to narrow down to my favorite Bible story, I’d probably end up in 1 Samuel 17 and the story of David and Goliath.
It’s the young shepherd boy against the warrior giant.
As different as caulk and cheese, this over-matched, under-equipped, and ill- experienced adolescent, was standing up against the giant with a bag of rocks. The seemingly insignificant care-taker of sheep opposed this well armed, experienced titan of military conquest.
It was as if he was a goat being used to lure a tiger.
But we know how this encounter worked out. The warrior giant was defeated and David began a long series of victories which finally culminate in him becoming the King of Israel.
There are many lessons one can glean from this chapter. Over the next few days, I’ll examine three things I see from this passage which easily apply to our life.
David’s Attitude Is God-centered, Not Problem-centered.
We need to focus on God and not our problems. This is such a hard thing to do when you are in the midst of problems, facing some pretty large giants in your life.
David’s brothers and even King Saul wasn’t looking at this situation from God’s perspective. Rather, they were doing what most of us do, looking at the problem facing them and saying why they couldn’t overcome it – in their case, the giant Goliath.
Remember, these are battle-experienced men who victoriously prevailed in previous military endeavors. Yet they are fearful, unable to do anything as they cower in fear from the taunts of the giant.
Enter the young shepherd boy. While David is prominently featured in Chapter 16 of 1 Samuel, there are no words of his recorded upon his anointing by the prophet Samuel. But here in Chapter 17, we have David’s first recorded words in Scripture.
“For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?” – 1 Sam 17:26 NKJV
To David, this situation was nothing more than an pagan insulting the people of the God. Israel had an ally, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth. They were people of the covenant. The covenant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The people whom God rescued from Egypt. The people God dwelt with in His Tabernacle. The people He provided for and protected. Goliath would suffer the same consequences of anyone opposing God’s people – when Israel put their trust in Him and not their own strength.
David saw this as God’s opportunity to defeat another opponent to His people. He does not see Goliath as a problem like the rest of Saul’s army. David sees this problem, Goliath, as God’s opportunity.
I find it interesting how David mentions God in this chapter about 3 times as often as he mentions Goliath. David isn’t ignoring the giant, but his attitude is God centered, not problem centered. How do you see your “giants?” They may be big, mean and insulting. They desire to defeat and rule over you. But can you look at God and His Word instead of the problem taunting, ridiculing, and laughing you?
Face your “giants” and don’t ignore then. But you don’t need to be fearful of them. You need to be God-centered and not problem or “giant” centered.
Blessings my friends!