The battle lines were drawn!
The daily cry of the philistine giant “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other” rang in the ears of the helpless and overwhelmed Israelite army. Unable to retaliate, they often cringed at the sight of this thundering giant. And into this situation walks in young obedient David, on his father’s mission with goodies for his warrior older brothers. But his was a different perspective and purpose.
Just a sheep-herder, David had barely anything to qualify him to be the one to battle the mighty Philistine foe. And yet, for the life of him, he could not figure out why there was so much fear and trembling in the Israelite ranks. Why the doubt and the fear? Wasn’t God, the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel more than able to fight this foe on their behalf? That was David’s experience for sure!
The God of Israel was a true and real experience for David. The Lord had previously protected and fought for David against the bear and the lion. David has absolute confidence that this same God would come through for him now against this towering giant. David’s motivation for fighting was not for his own glory and fame, nor for Israel’s, but his purpose was that God would be glorified.
David’s ammunition was different too. Much as Saul tried his best to clothe David in attire that would match that of Goliath, David would have none of it. He wasn’t comfortable in the oversized metal armor that was offered. His shield and armor was the Lord Himself. And so went David, into battle against this hulk, with a sling, a bag with a few pebbles, and an undiluted faith in the Almighty God. And the Bible records David’s resounding victory which remains the outstanding testimony to what God can do with just one young lad who believes in Him!
As we face seemingly impossible situations, the battles sure are real. The impact of wars and natural disasters on the one side with our own personal challenges of health, finance, and more on the other, we often go through fear, doubt, pain, and suffering. And yet, the God of David who came through for him against the giant Goliath, is our God today. He will come through for each of us when we place our confidence in Him.
Let us purpose to live each day with simple, unswerving faith in our ever-faithful, sovereign God who continues to fight our battles for us, for the battle belongs to Him. May we aim to lift His name and bring Him all the glory!