Thursday, 10 January 2013

Run...Goliath...Run!


1 Samuel 38-49 

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”45 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. 46 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. 47 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.”48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 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 face down on the ground.

The above extract is taken from the bible story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a philistine giant who for forty days came out to battle the Israelites and stood mocking them and threatening them about what he could do to them. Saul, the King of Israel and his army were terrified of Goliath and defeating him seemed an impossible task.
Until the day that David, a young boy was sent by his father to check how his older brothers were doing on the battle line. Upon arriving David saw Goliath doing his usual intimidating gestures and questioned who he was and why everyone was so scared of him. David offered himself to fight the giant and after much persuasion Saul allowed him to enter the battleground.
My post starts at the point in the story where Saul is helping David get dressed ready to fight and what occurs during David and Goliath's encounter with one another.

To speak from a personal view for a moment, I really like this story. I have taught it many times through serving in our children's ministry at church and love how it encourages people of all ages, especially youngsters to know God wants to and can use them to achieve great things. David was probably no older than in his mid-late teens when this event happened, and so is a great ambassador for young people.
But, actually David is a great example to those of us over a certain age too! This story is an example of how with Gods help we can fight any battle... giant... Goliath that may rear its ugly head in our worlds.

I want to share three points that stood out to me when reading this story and hope they encourage you as much as they have me!

1. The fact that David chose not to wear the King's armour! 

David chose not to wear full battle clothing because it felt unfamiliar and uncomfortable for him. Despite the fact it would protect him much more than his own attire, he chose to be bold and stick with what he knew, what he felt skilled at using (his slingshot) and what made him feel confident.
For us, I feel this is an encouragement that when we trust in God, He will always use the unique gifts, talents and skills He has placed in us, to help us overcome and battle through whatever we may be facing! We don't need to go with what the world sees as right for us...we need to rest in knowing Gods plans are best!

2. The fact that David's Faith helped him look at Goliath in a different perspective!

Whilst everyone else ran around terrified of what Goliath could do to them, David was able to see Goliath as a mere mortal man defying an all-powerful God.
We can learn much from his attitude and know with deep rooted confidence that when we shift our perspective and see the battle...or giant...from Gods view, we realise it has no true power over us. Yes, situation can be scary, over-whelming, tiresome...this I know well. But I've also learnt from my own experiences that like David, when we rely on God to be our strength, our purpose and our army...solution and victory are near!

3. That when Goliath threatened ... goaded ... and criticised, David didn't falter!

Goliath was good at using his extra large mouth to insult and threaten the army before him. When he saw the size of David, the clothing and weapons he wore...he scoffed at him, no doubt considering himself the "winner" in the dual...how wrong he was!
When others cowered in fear, David ran into the battle. He knew he was right, he knew God was with him, he knew there was a battle needing to be overcome. David did the right thing regardless of Goliath's words.
In life, sadly some people will hurt us! They will dis-courage us, they will try and stop us from doing the right thing through their own fears, jealousies and insecurities. But like David, we need to stand firm in knowing Gods opinion and words are the only ones that should matter to us. 
Godly confidence through the battle is a weapon worth holding in itself!

So....my lovely reader...an encouragement if I may. I may not know what the Goliath is in your life..... you may have read this post and rolled your eyes at my thoughts from what David accomplished. But please know one thing. You have everything you need to fight through the battle.
With God by your side, it's already done! Relish the unique gifts and skills He has planted in YOU, open your eyes to seeing the situation from Gods perspective and delight in believing that truly...only Gods opinions and words matter about you! HE LOVES YOU! He created YOU! And in His eyes you ARE an OVERCOMER!

Be Blessed :-)


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