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Looking at David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. What does it teach us?
As believers, we are going to face Gods enemies and some will be giants.
You never can know what a day shall bring. David was just doing a common kind of duty - visiting his brothers and bringing provisions - yet the world changed because of that day. We don't know when little things happen that they develop into bigger things - sometimes the giants start out very small.
Outward appearances are not important, though David might look like nothing God uses the weak, for our weakness is insignificant for His purposes. Nor does it matter how powerful our enemies appear either, their power and authority is nothing compared to Gods.
Nor do spiritual appearances matter - David, Gods courageous warrior, appears to be just a boy. God works in quiet ways. While David worked at home watching the sheep he was prepared to use his sling. If we're not practising godliness at home or when we're on our own we're not going to be much use when it comes to battle. God works quietly in peoples lives beforehand.
We must face the enemies of God They will try to bring us down, to destroy our faith. Our first thought is often to run - but like Christian in Pilgrims Progress - we must realise we have no armour on our backs. God equips us to stand.
Goliath is a giant of a man - he intimidates Israel by his presence. Often we're afraid because people seem bigger than us. It only took a little stone and a country lad faithful to God to stop him. Goliath knew how to hurt and abuse - Christians receive a lot of verbal abuse and scorn - we have to live in the fear of God instead of the fear of men. The Israelites were afraid to fight because they had forgotten the promises of God - they listened to Goliaths threats instead of Gods promises. When we let the word of God fall, we are in grave danger, we become easy prey.
We ought not to be ashamed to stand for God. Live in such a way that others know we serve a living God. David's sense of Gods honour made him willing to die for it. He had a God-centred life (v26), unlike the army God was Davids first thought.
'Is there not a cause?' Where is our passion for God? To live for him and stand for him... David knew there was a cause for Gods name was at stake. We need a passion for Gods true honour. David knows Gods honour needs to be upheld against mocking. The army didnt believe David could do it - they didn't believe in Gods honour. In situations of temptation we know that our passion for Gods honour should be more important. Our defence often happens in private. Gods honour has to be upheld within the sphere of our daily lives.
David is completely reliant on God - not the stones or the sling - they don't get honour for the success, all the praises and glory goes to God. David is armed with his knowledge of God, worked out in the struggles of daily life. When great trouble came he knew God and was ready to meet the problem. David stood alone, even his family and his king was against him.
Davids greater Son - to be admired and worshipped. Davids actions foreshadow the actions of Christ. Like David, Jesus acted as a representative of Israel battling Satan on our behalf. Our King faced the hosts of darkness unafraid and unashamed. He delivered us from bondage. He set us free by what men consider weakness and failure.