Victory Over Giants: The Sword of God’s Word
1 Samuel 17 contains one of the best-known and most beloved stores in the whole Bible—the story of young David’s defeat of the Philistine giant Goliath. When we read or hear this story we often don’t go deep enough. We’re excited by it and we approach it as a childlike fairytale, instead of identifying with the situation and applying it to our own lives and circumstances.
Let’s face it—we all, at one time or another, face giants. All of us have heard the roar of Goliath. “And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening (1 Samuel 17:16).” The Israelites heard it and your “Goliath” does the same thing—from the first thought in the morning till your last worry at night, your Goliath dominates your day, infiltrates your joy and stands in the way of a great many of God’s blessings for you.
Israel put up with the giants for over 300 years. Joshua drove them out of the Promised Land. He destroyed them all except the residents of three cities. Guess what? They were back taunting, intimidating and pounding their chest.
I find many things of interest as I dig deeply in this story. One of them is this: David’s focus was on God, not Goliath. When I read 1 Samuel 17 I find only two observations David made about the giant. He talks to Saul about Goliath (v. 36) and he speaks directly to Goliath in verse 26. That’s it! He doesn’t question the giant about his spear, his degrees, his social standing, and his biceps. He gives no thought to anything related to this hunk of an enemy.
But, David gives much thought to God. When I read this chapter I find nine references (vs. 26, 36, 45, 46, 47) to God. David is focusing on God and His strength, His character, His hope and His blessings.
David could do this because he knew God intimately and because He knew God’s Word.
So, what giant are you facing today? Are you equipped, as David was, with God’s Word so you can stand and fight? If not, let me give you a short list to help you do this and be a giant slayer as David was.
|Illness||2 Samuel 22:33; Psalm 103:2–3; James 5:14–15|
|Finances||Psalm 102:17; Matthew 6:31–32; Philippians 4:19|
|Job Loss||Job 1:20–22; Psalm 37: 16–19; Philippians 4:11–13|
|Satan’s Attack||Job 27:2–6; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10–18|
|Relationships||Proverbs 15:1; Matthew 5:44–48; Matthew 18:15–17|
|Fear||Psalm 461–2; Isaiah 40:12–15; John 16:33|
|Temptation||Hebrews 2:18; James 1:2–4; James 1:12; 2 Peter 2:9|
|Anxiety||Psalm 119:148–149; Isaiah 26:3; Matthew 11:29–30|
I’m sure there are more, but I think you get the idea. If you suffer from a giant not on this list, dig into your Bible and find God’s answer. One of the ways David won this battle is by focusing on God—who He is, what He says and how He, not ourselves, delivers.
Whatever giant Goliath you may be facing today, yell and scream God’s Word against him. Stand firmly rooted in the promises, will and way of the Creator of the universe.
That’s how you slay a taunting, joy-stealing giant.