David and Goliath is a well-known parable in the Bible. Goliath was described in 1 Samuel as a giant Philistine warrior. Goliath was huge and it should be noted that the Bible says he is six cubits and a span- which converts to about 9 feet 9 inches tall. Wow, clearly he was very large! Additionally, Goliath was dressed in heavy armor for battle.
Can you imagine- God tells you- that you are to defeat the giant and protect Israel? That is extremely terrifying. This is why King-Saul was not obeying God. He was fearful and doubtful.
Saul was the king of Israel- the one who ruled the people, however he kept disobeying God. Saul should have fought Goliath but he didn’t. King Saul thought Goliath was too big to fight so God asked Samuel to then find a new king.
Both armies lined the battle ground on each side of the valley. Each day Goliath would come to the front of the battle line and mock the Israelites and their God. He did this for forty days each day he called Saul to fight. However, the Israelites and Saul were scared so they did nothing.
Jesse, was David’s father, who sent him to the frontlines to bring back battle news. David got to the frontlines and heard Goliath mocking the Israelites and their God. He then volunteered to fight Goliath.
David was a shepherd boy and the youngest of Jesse’s sons. He told King Saul that he would fight Goliath but the king said David was too young. Likely only a teenager at the time. David knew God would protect him. Finally, David persuaded King Saul to let him fight the battle.
David choose not to wear Saul’s armor. Instead, he went to battle with only his sling along with 5 stones. Goliath mocked him, laughing, asking, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David responded that despite the fact Goliath had a sword, a spear, and a javelin- He above all else came in the name of the Lord Almighty. David grabbed a stone, put it in his sling, and swung. The stone sunk into Goliath’s head- allowing David to run up to the giant philistine take his sword and behead him. David killed Goliath.
When the Philistines fled when they seen that their giant was dead.
You can read the full story in 1 Samuel 17.
The story of David and Goliath is a wonderful example of how God can and will use anyone to do His work. In this specific Bible story God uses the underdog to accomplish the impossible.
In addition, the underlying purpose of the story is to show that Saul was not fit to be king and that he was not obeying God. At this time God called on the least expected to complete His work- so that all the glory would be given to God.
Saul saw a giant too big to fight on the other hand David saw a giant too big to miss!
Perception, focus, and faith is what it comes down to.
Never underestimate your ability to accomplish something God has called you to do. Above all know that He will equip you and be by your side through and through. God protected David and He will protect you too!
What Goliath are you facing today? Is it fear? Worry? Worth?
Whatever it may be God can and will help you defeat it if you ask Him to.
Lord thank you for Your Word and the examples of great power displayed. God help me to defeat the Goliath’s in my life. Equip me, direct me, and be by my side so that I may conquer them in the name of Jesus- just as David conquered Goliath. Lord, I am struggling with insert the “Goliath” struggle(s) you are facing. I hand each one over to you today. God help me to feel your presence and peace in my life. Guide my paths and make them straight. Lord I choose to rest in You and rely on Your promises. Protect me in all that I do in Jesus mighty name I pray.