God turns “what if” into “so what”: the Art of Fighting Giants (part six)

Proverbs 21

David, the shepherd boy, rejected worldly armor and protected with spiritual armor approached Goliath, a 9 foot tall warrior.

Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.  He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.  He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” (1 Samuel 17:41)

David proclaims his authority and continues toward Goliath.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-48)

David rushed toward his opponent. He didn’t pause, hesitate, or stand still. David ran quickly to the battle line, sure of himself and the protection of the Lord over him. And without any hesitation, David uses his only weapon, a stone.

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. (1 Samuel 17:48-51)

David teaches us:

  • That God uses who He calls. In this case a shepherd boy.
  • That God empowers those He calls with what they need. In this case, a flat stone.
  • That God uses us best when we remain authentic- true to who we really are. In this case, David rejected worldly armor and walked right up to the giant with a sling and a rock.

Who will you choose to listen to? Will you listen to the voice of your peers, who tell you that you have no authority? Or the voice of leaders, who tell you that you have no protection for what you are about to do? Or the voice of the giant, who laughs at you and taunts you? Or, will you listen to the Voice of Truth, who says “do not be afraid”? Choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth and boldly approach your giant.

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