How to kill a giant

david-versus-goliath

1 Samuel 17:33, 37 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine {Goliath} to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” …… David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Humanly speaking, Saul spoke the truth when he said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine.”  Take a quick look at David’s resume below and see if you don’t agree with Sauls words

  • David was merely a youth (a lad) when Saul shared his assessment of David’s chance of success against Goliath.
  • David was not even the choicest of his own fathers children.
  • David was a shepherd to this point of his career, and unskilled in war.

Goliath, on the other hand, was a powerful man, a giant, and a seasoned warrior;  Goliath was someone whose visage and words made Saul, Israel’s champion and giant, tremble. (1 Samuel 17:11) Nevertheless, what Saul said was impossible, David believed was possible with the Lord on his side.

Perhaps David remembered the Bible lessons that he would have been taught from his childhood; lessons about how God had delivered the sons of Anak (giants!) into the hands of his forefather Caleb. (Joshua 14:7-15)

Caleb said, “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
12 “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” (Joshua 14:11,12)

Perhaps David believed that God was not a respecter of persons; thinking to himself, “If God graciously did this for Caleb, then why would He not do it for me?”

……… Believing that God is no respecter of persons is essential to becoming a doer of the word, and not a hearer only–doers hear or read the Word, and believe it; letting their beliefs govern their actions.  On the other hand, hearers only listen or read the Word, and what they have heard or read has little to no impact on their actions ……..

It seems obviously from the text that David, as a youth, had already come to the conclusion that God has never asked Saul, David, Moses, Caleb, or anyone else for that matter, to do anything in their own strength or to walk by their own sight.  God in His word ask us to:

  • “walk by faith and not by sight,” (2 Cor. 5:7)
  • “lean to your own understanding, {but} in all our ways acknowledge him,” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
  • know that His “strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Cor. 12:9)

Yes, by human standards Saul was right in saying that there was no way that anyone in Israel could defeat this giant. However, by God’s standard, the standard of faith, the giant was already defeated.

1 Samuel 17:43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

1 Samuel 17: 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

David was a lad when he defeated his giant.  Caleb, on the other hand, was 85 years old.  No matter what station in life you find yourself, by faith the giants will fall!  Faith in God, not your own strength, is the victory!

But what is genuine faith? I like Watchman Nee’s observation below on what constitutes genuine faith and what doesn’t. Watchman Nee (The Life That Wins) wrote:

What is genuine faith? Genuine faith believes in the Word of God exclusively, it is not believing in one’s own experience, feeling, or dark environment. If environment and experience coincide with God’s word, we praise and thank the Lord. But if these disagree with His word, then the word of God alone stands true. Whatever is contrary to God’s word is false. Satan may insinuate to you, saying: How can you say you have victory? Where is your victory since you are as corrupt and weak as you were before? But you can counter him with this: “Indeed, I am still I, I will never change, but God says Christ is my holiness, my life and my victory.”

Though Satan suggest to you that you are still corrupt and weak, God’s word remains true. Whatever the enemy whispers to you is false; only the word of the Lord is true!

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E. Wohner

By God's amazing grace, I have served in the ministry for over 22 years; 17 of which were as a cross-cultural missionary in New York City, and five years as a local church pastor. Currently, I work for Prudential as a financial professional associate. The only things that I can say about myself are that I love God, I love people, I love living my faith, and I love being of service to others helping them reach their full potential.

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