What are the giants in your life? We all have them. They simply have different names. Marital confrontation, financial stress, worrying about my kids, and following God’s direction in incredible uncertainty have been just a few of mine.
For David, his was Goliath. At church on Sunday, the message revolved around this incredible true event. As he spoke, something caused curiosity in me that had not been there before. Have you experienced this, reading a familiar passage and having something jump out and grab your attention is such a way that you can’t let it go?
I began digging in to this passage of scripture a bit deeper. I had just started a 24 hour Sabbatical, so the timing was perfect. Here’s what ‘bothered’ me in this passage.
David collected 5 smooth stones (1 Sam. 17:40), BUT only used one stone to hit his giant in the forehead! There is so much in this. It sent Goliath crashing to the ground, allowing David to use the Giant’s own sword to finish him off.
I thank God that his Spirit stirs curiosity in me like this. Here’s what I discovered.
- Be ready to face the giant that is right in front of you. In other words, don’t be caught off guard. Recognize the giants in your life as the enemy that they are and that God will deliver you from them. You and I typically view our giant like the Israelites did, terrified and avoiding it as long as possible. The truth is that we should be sprinting toward it with bold confidence (v. 48) screaming a battle cry that actually causes our enemy to question their own intimidation.
- Arm yourself and prepare for related attacks that are to come. This is speculated on why David chose 5 stones but only used one. Additionally, he only had one in his hand when he approached Goliath (v. 49). It would have been more logical to have had multiple stones in his hand to allow for quick reloading in case he missed the first time. The remaining 4 backup stones were likely reserved for Goliath’s 4 brothers (2 Sam. 21:15-22). Knowing that family sticks together and that one or more of these brothers might be close by, David was prepared with one stone for each of them.
- Be bold in proclaiming who your God is and what He is able to do. David said to King Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (v. 37) David remembered the times God had been there in the past, and he knew God would continue to show up in the future. You and I must have the same approach with our giants!
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