One of my goals this year was to read the bible more often and recently I have been reading about David. Growing up, I heard the story of David and Goliath and I always took away the message to be God allowed little ole David to defeat the giant Goliath with a slingshot. As I read the scripture for myself, I realized that was only partly true.
David did use a slingshot to help him defeat Goliath, but he used Goliath’s own sword to kill him. The slingshot got him on the ground which made it possible for David to use the sword to kill him. I felt completely bamboozled after reading this but it made me think about my own life. How many giants in my life have I hit with a stone using a slingshot, but haven’t killed with a sword, only to later realize they’re still alive and well?
David set out to kill Goliath; not to wound him, not to slow him down, but to kill him. This is the same attitude we should take on when it comes to sin and adversity (giants). We don’t want to just avoid it or stop dealing with it for a little while, we want to conquer and overcome it. It only took one stone for David to get Goliath down. It may take more than one hit to get those negative things in life to let us go, but once their down, let’s make sure they stay down. Let our intentions be dead giants, not sleeping giants.
These giants may be procrastination, fear, lust, fornication, drunkenness, hate, envy, low self-esteem, and a host of other things. Just like Goliath, your giant will try to remind you how small, inexperienced, and weak you are. David reminded Goliath how big his God is. David reminded the doubters who God had already helped him defeat (a lion and a bear). David used what he had (slingshot) and trusted God to provide the rest (sword). Be like David (in this situation, he had some other struggles to overcome lol).
Moral of the story: When facing your giants, get them down and take them out, all in the name of Jesus.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.