February 18, 2021
Giant Goliath Smirked At His Unpretentious Opponent
1 Samuel 17:43-47 (KJV) And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
Goliath had one thing going for him; his size alone likely caused many to refuse to do battle with him. He engaged potential opponents first in their mind; one look at his grand stature probably led many to back away from any skirmish.
Yes, his image alone caused many a man to run away without putting up a fight for fear of battling such a giant. Goliath likely also used the power of words to convince his opponent of coming failure in battle quickly. His stature and words were a two-prong approach to a fight without even physically engaging an opponent.
That is until an unassuming shepherd boy David stepped up to this Goliath. Goliath laughed in his face, even seeing his sword, spear, and shield. With David’s small size, this looming giant was certain David would never be a formidable opponent. Perhaps it is true considering his smaller size alone, David would have been no match for Goliath.
However, David came for a fight with God in his court, and Goliath did not know nor consider the presence and power of God working in David’s favor. The truth is that no person can win in a skirmish against God, and Goliath was about to learn this crucial lesson through his defeat and death.
Goliath’s smirk is wiped off his face by a much smaller statured young man named David through God’s power and presence by using a rock and a sling. Goliath was quite confident in his stature, but the young shepherd David is convinced of God’s power and leading. You, too, can enjoy success in battles together with God even when an enemy seems insurmountable.
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