The Biblical account of David and Goliath is one of most popular stories from the Bible.
You remember that Israel and the Philistines were enemies as this true account finds them preparing for battle, but also in somewhat of a strange standoff.
The two armies were gathered on opposite sides of a large valley, but instead of getting it over with, the Philistines had been sending out one of their most intimidating warriors to mock and make fun of the Israel's army and even God himself. His name was Goliath and he was truly a giant as some scholars have estimated that he stood between 9 and 10 feet tall. Fully dressed in battle armor, Goliath dared any man from Israel to challenge him. Everyone was terrified and not even the highly respected king Saul dared to step forward.
It's recorded in First Samuel chapter 17 where Goliath said, "Choose your best soldier to come out and fight me! If he can kill me, our people will be your slaves. But if I kill him, your people will be our slaves." As the story continues, king Saul heard that David wanted to fight the giant, and called for him.
David told him the Lord had helped him in times of great danger, and he was positive that God would also help him be victorious in this situation. Amazingly Saul agreed.
David was offered all types of armor and weapons, but he only wanted his sling. He searched in a nearby stream and found five smooth stones and placed them in his shepherd bag.
To make a long story short, Goliath was evidently offended that Israel would send a child out to fight against one of the fiercest warriors in the world. The giant was laughing, but David was focused as he loaded his sling with one of the stones he is quoted as announcing, "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel."
As David declared that he was representing the name of the Lord Almighty, he placed a stone in his sling and when he let it go, the rock sank deep into the giant's forehead and he fell on his face like a huge tree crashing to the ground.
David then picked up Goliath's sword and cut off his head just like he had promised.
Yes, this is an exciting and inspirational story, but how can we demonstrate courage when we are surrounded by fear and our circumstances seem overwhelming?
The bottom line is that David trusted God because he knew him personally.
You see, faith is a learned behavior and a positive response that is developed from our everyday experiences with the Lord.
The Lord had delivered David before and now he was filled with confidence that God could do anything.
The Philistine army ran away in terror and Israel won the battle because David believed that nothing was impossible with God.
Let us also stop telling God how big our problems are and start telling our problems how big God is.
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