By Christina Bennett, Board Chairperson
David was completely overlooked but went to gather food for his family as his dad said. However, Goliath was a known champion and the army of Israel was in fear for their lives.
David was so gutsy and realized who he was and said, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26. But he was discounted again and asked to tend his sheep.
David recounted his past victories to Saul and said let me fight. “Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God!” 1 Samuel 17:36.
I think it’s worth noting that, not only was Goliath a giant, about 12 feet tall, but he even had a person in front of him as a shield guard to protect himself. David attempted to use Saul’s armor, but he wasn’t used to it.
It’s most effective to battle with what God gave you with the manner in which he’s uniquely equipped you.
“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied…and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with a sword and a spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:46-47.
And it only took one rock from a shepherd boy’s slingshot to take down a giant. What God has placed in your heart and hands is enough. You’re equipped for the task and the fight in front of you, no matter what it is. The presence of your Goliath means there must be a David within you. There must be a value in the work that we do for us to meet opposition.