1 Samuel 17:45- 47
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.”
What would make a young boy probably in his late teens have the audacity to speak to a giant of a man, a well trained soldier who was a champion in the battlefield in such a manner without fear and with such boldness? This giant had caused the whole Israelite army together with their king, Saul, to be in hiding for a whole 40 days afraid for their lives. How then can a boy who is not trained and has never seen war have such boldness? Could it be that there is something he knew that the rest of the people in this scenario did not know?
I think the answer can be summed up in one word, “Covenant!” David young as he was, understood the covenant his people had with God while apparently king Saul and his armies had forgotten. David asks, Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God? Circumcision was the mark of the covenant between Israel and God according to Genesis 17 when God made the covenant with Abraham. David understood that God was backing his people because he had a covenant with them, David understood who he was in God.
David also understood that this battle was not between Goliath and the armies of Israel, but rather it was about Goliath and God whose armies he had defied. David understood that his strength was not in the sling and stones but rather in his faith in God. He does not go against the giant with his natural abilities and weapons but rather as he says,
” I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
David had bold faith in God and he was persuaded that God would win this battle, all that David had to do was show up and God would use him. That is why he ran toward Goliath without fear yet the armies of Israel had been hiding from this giant for 40 days!
For you and I to overcome the giants in our lives, we must know who we are in God and the covenant we have with Him. We must understand that we cannot win and overcome if we depend on our own strengths but rather we have to depend on God fully and we have to walk in obedience to his word.
Giants can be intimidating, especially giants that seek to mock and make little of our faith and the God we serve, but we must arise in boldness like David with the reassurance that greater is he who live in us than he who lives in the world. When we have that kind of BOLD FAITH, when we are fully persuaded and we know whom we have believed in, then we will run towards the giants and not hide!
What are some of the giants intimidating you currently?
Like David, do you have an understanding of the covenant relationship you have with God? What is it?
When you come face to face with Giants, do you depend on your strength and resources or do you FULLY depend on God?