When Facing Your Goliath

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

Promising to trust God’s promises changes us.

 

Because God’s promises then mark the pathway we travel, which is what led David to confront Goliath. He entered the Valley of Elah as an errand boy for his father.  He delivered food to his three oldest brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army against the Philistines.  David trusted God’s promise to “honor his father and mother.”

 

Once there he realized that Saul and his men were terrorized by the taunts of a giant named Goliath. David did not understand why his fellow countrymen were unwilling to confront the giant.  Was Goliath bigger than God?  No!  Then the giant needed to be viewed through God’s eyes, not men’s eyes.  David had such eyesight and could see Goliath for what he was and was not.  David trusted the same promise that had led to his being anointed as Israel’s future king:

 

“… the Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) 

 

This step stone of a promise led David into King Saul’s camp.  Saul wanted to see the person who was willing to do what everyone else was unwilling to do.  Initially astonished and disbelieving in David’s abilities, the King tried to protect David by getting him to wear the king’s armor.  But the armor did not fit David’s style or body.

 

So David trusted God’s promise to work through him when confronting Goliath as he had when he protected his sheep against lions & bears.  David said, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine, your servant will go and fight him … The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (I Samuel 17:32, 37)

 

This step stone led David to walk towards Goliath, choose 5 smooth stones, load his sling shot bag, run at the giant, and say – “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty … whom you have defiled.”  Then David sailed a stone that was heard around the world. Goliath fell to the ground with a thud.  His defeat shook the earth.  And everyone saw that Goliaths could be defeated.

 

Being a Faith Hero

A faith hero successfully goes with God’s call into an adventure of giving life to other people.  The call demands:

•Vision of what is to be accomplished;

•Risk of self trust in God’s empowerment of self, and;

•Means creation of new beginnings.

 

Through his or her spirit, the faith hero has mind and body blended into a cohesive whole.

 

1 Samuel 17: 47 (NIV) says “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.”

 

A Prayer for Becoming Heroes

We are Yours, O Lord.  Hold us close as You send us into the world.  Guide us through the dangers which come along the way.  Mold us through each scary scene so we may be humbly bold.  Empower our talents that we may serve Your intended purpose.  Connect our hearts to others so we may know their joys & fears.  Toughen us to be loyal and true at all times.  Sting our conscience when we are wrong.  Renew us as we repent.  Empower us to abundant living through Your Holy Spirit.  Transform us as ordinary people with extra/ordinary faith to be Your extraordinary servants – heroes in Christ, who see the joy You set before us, as we love our way through life.  Today and Forever, Amen.

 

Pastor Les

 

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.  When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.  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 delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver 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 only a boy, ruddy 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 of the air and the beasts of the field!”

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 hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.  Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, 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.”

-I Samuel 17:32-47

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastorof Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 10 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Spirituality
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