The story of David and Goliath is well known. Sunday schools throughout the country have teachings concerning this subject. It is a nice story with a happy ending but the question is—how does it apply to us in our daily lives? I have some thoughts that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon me to share with you—-
- The story of David and Goliath is one that tells us of preparation. God was preparing his champion David in his role as a shepherd. He was very much in tune with his job and was protective of his sheep. He fought two major obstacles in his life–The Lion and the Bear. (1 Sam 17:34) The Lion represents our identity in Christ. Christ is referred as the Lion of Judah. We need to know who we are in Christ. The Bear represents the area of finances. In the stock market, there are two kind of market investments—The Bull market and the Bear. The Bull is when making a return on your investment money is easy. The Bear is when it is a difficult market and is hard to make money. Folks, I am here to tell you that if you know who you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit can turn your Bear market into a Bull market. You have a genius living in the inside of you and that is the Holy Spirit!
- Know your covenant rights–You have a covenant with God through Christ. A covenant is a contract. In some Middle Eastern and African cultures, when you made a covenant with a tribe, you shared your belongings. If an enemy attacked your covenant partner, you were obligated to defend them in battle. When you accepted the Lord as your savior, your battles became his (God’s). David had a covenant with God through circumcision. He called Goliath an uncircumcised Philistine. (1 Sam 17:26)
- Never wear an armor that does not fit you. King Saul meant well when he gave David his armor but he was not used to it, which leads me to think that it, probably, did not fit him. (1 Sam 17:38-39) Friends, we have the armor of God but it comes in different sizes. Never wear another man’s armor. We will see that David was going for the big prize as far as armor is concerned.
- Rely on the spirit of Grace—David looked for five smooth stones. Five in Biblical numerology is Grace. Only by God’s Grace does he gives us power to overcome. ( 1 Sam 17:40)
- Speak to your Giant—Goliath, the Giant, was speaking to Israel and it’s armies on a consistent basis. David answered the Giant–He told Goliath his end destiny. (1 Sam 17:45-47) He spoke of things that are not as though it were. Confessing the word is biblical. David did not have a sword but he knew that Goliath’s sword was going to change hands. He saw himself as the winner. When circumstances are challenging the word of God–How do you see yourself?
- Run to your giant–Do not be passive. Faith without works is dead. David ran to his giant, threw his stone and knocked him out. He, then, took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. Do not run from your problems but run towards it with God’s word. Just as God gave a strategy for David to beat Goliath, God will give you a battle plan to defeat your Giant. He,eventually, took Goliath’s armor, too. (1 Sam 17:54) This is a beautiful picture of Christ. when he took Satan’s armor (Authority) and gave it to us.
I believe that Giants are impossible situations that are planted in our lives. Sooner or later, we will have to graduate from the Lion and Bear University and get into the Major leagues of Giant killing. Let’s keep in mind these steps and slay our Giant. Your rewards are waiting for you. God bless.