February 08, 2019
Faith Among A Giant
1 Samuel 17:4-8 (KJB) And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
These verses commence describing a giant named Goliath. This man was a Philistine and was of epic stature. Towering over other ancient men, as would many famous pro basketball players, though some would make the claim that Goliath was even taller, nearly ten feet tall. His height would be above that of most any man today. Not only that but he was said to be decked out in an array of brass and carrying a giant spear. Indeed, any man who ran across him was immediately taken aback at his large stature and battle-ready adornments whose weight would buckle an ordinary fellow.
This man Goliath was calling out to the armies of Israel. Wanting them to come and do battle with him. Likely any men, after taking one look at Goliath, were not eager to face his challenge.
How often do we allow the Goliath’s of this world to stop us in our tracks? We can quickly get overwhelmed by the immense size of a project or task. We allow the weight of it to bear down on us and sometimes allow it to keep us from entering a battle.
Though Goliath was a large man who would have brought a tough fight, there was soon to be a one-man army he would meet on the battlefield who would defeat him soundly without coming into harm himself. We can choose to look at a big enemy in our life and drawback. Or we can charge ahead towards victory by relying upon faith in God to preserve and protect us as we face our enemies.