Goliath In God’s Way

Goliath had an ego larger then life and suppose if it was the 90’s you could say he was with the “Backstreet Philistines” and his band—of soldiers, they never lived to see a new release!

“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 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. 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. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals! ” 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. 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. 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.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 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 facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

1 Samuel 17:36-51

-He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. [Goliath despised David because of youth, and thought since he was a young man he knew nothing- yet Goliath’s ego had blinded him so he could not see a younger man like David as having knowlege he did not, but David knew far more then Goliath did and so defeated him. David knew for one, Goliath stood challenging not him, but God. David also shortly before was annointed next king of Israel. If Goliath was going to succeed in killing him then that mean God was not able to keep His promise. David also may have seen that Goliath’s pride was a greater weakness then Goliath could ever see it was. —-Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18 )

David also went into battle refusing Saul’s armor and weapon. Often what the world deems as good strategy or plan is not how God sees it. David relied on God fully and not on the weapons of Saul that would have more encumbered him then anything else! We too often can get tripped up relying on strategy or even our knowlege of the Word when it comes to fighting spiritual battles or getting through life.

Yet though these are not unwise to have knowlege of, if we are not careful we can still put the trust in “Our” knowlege and not God’s hand to provide victory!

David infact wrote most of the Psalms says:

I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.

Psalm 44:6-7

David knew that he could use weapons but put no trust in his weapons but God’s favor. As Christians too we must not think our years of walking with the Lord, Bible knowlege, or anything about us guarantees us success but must in humility fully rely upon God to bring spiritual victory over sins we all often get challenged by, as well as outward problems that cause fear, worry, doubt or anything else, that like Goliath, stands in the way of God’s purposes for our lives. And his ultimate purpose is to make us more like Himself in character, the person of Jesus Christ, but he has specific goals for each of ourlives as individuals also!

Do not let your Goliaths rob you of victory in life! Goliath stuck out in a crowd like big nuisance but when we see that it is not our war, but God’s, that takes pressure of of us. We are called to cooperate in obedience with God but whether a besetting sin or fear or problem of some form we must ultimately see that God is even far more interested in His goals for our lives then even we could be, as Christians we may get frustrated with some hangup, sin or shortcoming- we may instead of receiving God’s involvement try to hard in our own power and struggle in too much of our own strength. As it was said of David, “He fights the Lord’s battles” so it is in our lives, “The Lord’s battle” and what battle does God lose? None! So if you see yourself as more responsible for the victory to overcome your problems within/ then you are squeesing God out and will see defeat. But trusting him to bring victory and letting His power do the heavy lifting by trust and surrender, you see mountains get moved.

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