As a Christian, we can count on having conflicts. It’s a part of everyday life. Goliath was the focal point of the conflict the Israelites faced and they were afraid of him. He was over 9 feet tall and there was no one around that was so tall.
I Samuel 17:1-11 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle…Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us…I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
We can face a lot of Goliaths in our lives.
- Mind battles – there are more for the longer you live in sin because of greater exposure to sin and the scars
- Accusations – no one likes me, or other false claims from the enemy of our soul
- Feeling inadequate – you feel like you don’t have much to offer so the enemy uses it to discourage us.
- Had I only thoughts – given more time to…, or I should have…
Goliath represented fear that was bigger than life. The enemy brings trials that seem way too big. They could be about our health, our children, or a misunderstanding (it looks like something it isn’t) between saints. Goliath came morning and evening. The devil doesn’t stop and won’t give up trying to get us to fear, be discouraged or have misunderstandings. The best thing to do if we face Goliath trials is depend on promises in God’s word – our faith bank. Example: Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid…the Lord…doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
I Samuel 17:16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
We have to trust in the one who is bigger than ourselves and put our confidence in the Lord when sudden fear comes.
Proverbs 3:25-26 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
We’re not alone; we have each other. No one wanted to tackle the Goliath problem. At times we can’t see the forest for the trees. We need a different view point. Seeing from the perspective of confidence in God helps us not be overwhelmed.
I Samuel 17:17-26 And Jesse said unto David…Take now for thy brethren…this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain…and look how thy brethren fare…Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper…as Jesse had commanded him; and he came…as the host was going forth to the fight…For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David…ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel…fled from him, and were sore afraid…said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel…and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. And David spake…What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
Sometimes our focus on the problem is from the perspective of our experiences. When we meet problems that we’ve never encountered, we can seek the advice of an elder who can give advice based on their experience. The Israelites were looking at it from the human perspective. David looked at the situation, and realized it was something that God should deal with. When we see a problem that is too big for us, we know it’s something we need to let God handle.
I Samuel 17:28-29 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake…Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart…art come…thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
The devil’s goal is to make us work against each other. When David was trusting God, his brother falsely accused him. David knew his father sent him and he was doing his father’s business. When the enemy accuses us, don’t forget you’re being about the Father’s business so no explanation is needed. It’s a good time to give a reason for what you’re doing if there’s a chance to testify. David’s reaction wasn’t rude, even as Jesus told his mother and Joseph he was about his Father’s business.
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
David could state his position because he already knew what God had done for him. Don’t forget what God has already done for you when you face trials and challenges of the enemy. Remember the bear and the lion situations where God has helped before, when God made a way where there was no way. The bear and the lion were preparation for what David would face later. We’ve learned some things and we need to not forget them, but use them for our advantage.
I Samuel 17:30-36 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner…And when the words were heard…they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said…Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said…Thou art not able to go against this Philistine…art but a youth, and he a man of war…David said…Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb…I went out…and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him…and slew him. Thy servant slew both…this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
It’s not about our abilities, but our understanding of how God can and has helped us.
II Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
The world can’t help us but may offer. In spiritual or serious matters, our real help comes from God, our pastor, or an elder.
I Samuel 17:37-39…The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said…Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul armed David with his armour, and…helmet of brass upon his head; also…with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go…David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
The enemy can be intimidating but we need to put things in perspective. The battle is the Lord’s.
I Samuel 17:40-44 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook…his sling was in his hand: and he drew near…when the Philistine…saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth…And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
We can harness God’s power to help us. The bravery of the world deflates quickly when they see their champion is dead.
I Samuel 17:45-51 Then said David…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…whom thou hast defied…the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head…give the carcases of…Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts…that all the earth may know…there is a God in Israel…the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s…when the Philistine…drew nigh to meet David, that David…ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David…took thence a stone…and smote the Philistine…the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell…David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone…and slew him…and cut off his head…the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
David didn’t forget where he came from. We need to never forget where we came from.
I Samuel 17:58…Saul said…Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse…
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Danny Sanders)