Victory Over Giants: Pretender or Warrior?
When we read the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) there is a tremendous contrast between the army of Israel and David the shepherd boy. The army is in battle array and they look fully equipped and ready to fight. Yet, at the same time, they are dismayed by the giant—they have a breakdown when he defiantly yells at them. They lose their composure and their courage. We read that they are dreadfully afraid (paralyzed from doing battle) and consequently their only action is shouting. They aren’t fighting. They live through forty days of pretending and hoping that victory will occur without fighting, but it doesn’t.
We can ridicule this army, but let’s face it, don’t we do the same thing when we’re facing a giant? Don’t we often want victory without a fight. We dress well, we look the part, we carry our Bible to church and we say the right things, but the enemy continues to taunt us day and night.
David, in this story, is our example of a warrior who lives victoriously and, while he’s claiming victory, he helps others find their own victory.
How does he do this?
- David knew his own identity (1 Samuel 17:26). David knows who he is and he also knows God’s promises that are available to him as well as the source of his power—not the army, not Saul, not his own strength, but the Lord.
- David saw there was a cause (1 Samuel 17:29). He realizes there is an opportunity, and a responsibility to act. He realizes the giant isn’t going away and he applies faith and action together in response.
- David wasn’t easily discouraged (1 Samuel 17:28, 30, 33). He doesn’t pay attention to the words of his brothers or king Saul. He doesn’t let the words of others derail him from what God has called him to do.
- David was a courageous encourager (1 Samuel 17:32). Warriors don’t pay attention to pretenders but instead, they try to encourage them.
- David overcame the giant by the blood of the lamb (1 Samuel 17:34–36). His faith to defeat the giant came from his experience of delivering the lamb from the mouth of the lion. His victory in a small battle gave him the faith and courage to whip the giant and win larger battles.
- David made a faith declaration (1 Samuel 17:37). The Lord delivered him from the paws of the lion and the bear. He knew the Lord would deliver him from Goliath.
- David didn’t trust his natural strength, strategy or resources (1 Samuel 17:38–40). He left Saul’s armor and sword behind. He “co-operated” with God’s plan and he knew that ultimately the victory would come through God’s supernatural power.
- David was not intimidated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 17:41–44). Their aggressive behavior, Goliath’s size, his armor, his armor bearer, and even the size of Goliath’s sword did not phase David. Warriors are not intimidated by brothers, kings, nor giants. In fact, David ran at the giant.
- David maintained his spiritual perspective (1 Samuel 17:45–47). David trusted in the Lord. He combines spiritual perspective with action. He knew it was the Lord’s battle with his “co-operation” with God’s plan.
- David finished the job (1 Samuel 17:50–51). The smooth stone decked Goliath and the sword killed him. David knew and we all need to know that once our giant falls; we need to kill them. We cannot let the giant resuscitate or recuperate. He’ll be right back at us if we do.
We can have victory over the giants in our lives. We need to commit to be warriors, not pretenders. We need to know our true identity, trust God, act, and then finish the job.