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1 Samuel 17:1-54

Drama. Excitement. And, the good guy wins! That's the story of David and Goliath, and whether you're a kid or an adult, you're going to enjoy it. It's pretty amazing and packed full of lessons. So as I turned to 1 Samuel 17 to read this very familiar story (again) I was already thinking about and wondering what God would show me.

Right off the bat we're introduced to Goliath. He's huge. He's fierce. He's downright intimidating! (The Israelites "were dismayed and greatly afraid" (verse 11).) That got me thinking about things that come up in my life that scare me, that I don't quite know how to deal with. Things like financial challenges, health issues, tensions in relationships, challenges at work--you fill in the blank.

So is there something, or maybe someone, out there that's a Goliath for you today? Whatever our situation, how can we be more like David and draw confidence from, and rely upon, the Lord to help us take charge and deal with it? Tami W.

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Vs 37 really impressed me in today's scripture, after David was told by Saul that he's just a "kid" and Goliath is a "man of war", it reads; And David said, "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."

Just as Goliath put his confidence in himself and his strength -David put his confidence in the Lord and His strength! Our "Goliath's" come in many different forms, shapes, sizes..... but one thing they all have in common is that they certainly do come! But our God is greater than them all. Just as we see the outcome of David vs Goliath!

I wonder if Goliath is giving us an insight into the attitude of Israel's army when he calls them "servants of Saul" rather than "servants of the God of Israel."

David's allegiance is clear when he tells Goliath, "I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel...."

Yesterday we read how God cares little for looks, contrary to men. We know that Saul was an impressive looking figure. Is it possible that Israel's soldiers were more taken by Saul than they were by God and this explains their lack of faith when it comes to defeating the giant?

Even though David was only a youth he had faith in God. David believed in God and to him there is only One God, the God who was always there for him. When we have faith like David, when we truly love and trust in our God, our Creator, Our Saviour, our All IN ALL we know we do not have to fear anyone or anything. If we keep in His Word and walk with Him daily, He will be there for us also.

So let us like David, draw confidence from, and rely upon our Lord who loved us first and does not want to lose any of us. Just believe in what He says. We have seen His power and His glory.

That's a good visual of how Goliath represents our present day struggle with the enemy or trying circumstance. For me, once I identify the problem, I need to move beyond fear and inactivity by seeking the face of the Lord for guidance and peace. The Israelites were frozen by fear (for 40+ days) and forgot/under-estimated the promises and power of God. David knew His Word, knew His Power and recognized the enemy for what it was- weak compared to the strength of the Holy Spirit and the power God gives those that walk with Him. Goliath, outfitted in all his armor taught me to 'dress' for the day with the Armor of God Eph. 6:10-19

We must chose to listen and believe the voice of truth. There is an awesome video on youtube that will really encourage you in your faith. Casting Crowns wrote a song called the Voice of Truth that is very close to my heart.

The real strength to fight "Goliaths" in our lives come from the experiences we previously had when we fought "lions and bears". David's confidence came from verse 37, "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 Phillistine". So it is in our lives that we need to look back and see the many ways that God has protected us and solved our many problems when these problems were not huge problems, "Goliaths". From this confidence we will realise that God's power is able to protect and deliver us also from large problems. These daily indications of God's protection and power are the "testimonies" that David speaks of. We must constantly testify of God's goodness and power in our lives when he saves us from the many "small problems". This builds our faith and causes us also to triumph when the major problems, "Goliaths" occur in our lives. God's power is able to save us from ALL of our problems. We need to trust him for everything.

Thank you for that question Tami, I taught kids Bible study today about Jesus in the boat, sleeping during the storm. His disciples were scared to death. His power quieted the storm. Then his friends were amazed. Their memory verse was Jeremiah 10:6 Lord! You are Great!(younger kids version)He did so many miracles to remind us. Lets be like little children and remember His Power and strength in the midst of the storms of our life. Then we can know the victory is sure.

What I like about this scripture is that David put his trust in God right from the beginning. He didn't take any credit himself.
We have leadership problems here at work. We thought that would change, but that person is staying another 2 years. That's the Goliath in my life right now. The good news is I've kind of learned how to deal with this person. The story today reminded me to look to God first, not my own abilities.

There is such richness in this entire account, but regarding this chapter ...
Eliab's attitude
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

What's with Eliab? Is he perhaps jealous because David is blessed of God and himself rejected?

This speaks to me of the accusations we face as God's Witnesses on this earth ... "Who do you think you are? Why dont you just take care of business and forget this God stuff? Who are you anyway, Christian? You think you are better than the rest of us?
And we must set aside fear and respond, "Is there not a cause?" There is indeed, it is the Great Commission.

and then ..
"...Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.

Saul's armor represents man attempting to move in his own power, without God. We cannot walk in our own strength, for our own strength has not prooved successful!

So, David rejects Saul's armour ..

40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.

....... and went to face Goliath in God's strength, in the Armour of God (Eph 6:10 - 18), in the Name of the Lord of Hosts, to the Glory of God!

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

and ...
51 .... when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
When the enemy of God sees that we stand strong in the Lord he must flee

For me, Goliath was my addiction. I struggled with it for so long, it was when I surrendered my entirety to the Lord, I found the right tools to fight it. Today I have 15 months clean, and love the devotionals you send me. I also listen to you on CSN in my car. I feel its important to stay plugged in, and rely on the Lord.. Thy will be done, not mine. thank you again

The thing that amazed me most about this passage was David's COMPLETE trust in God. At no point in the passage did David doubt that God would come through for him. We must have this same faith and trust in God. God WILL back us up if we trust him and don't doubt!

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