David & Goliath
This past week I spoke on the story of David and Goliath and I wanted to share a few insights with you.
1) A Goliath (problem/trial/giant) will not go away by ignoring it. Goliath shouted and the army of Israel listened to his threats. When you listen to your problem you will always walk away intimidated. When you believe you can’t conquer the giant you will never make an action to battle.
1 Samuel 17:8-11 – “Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.”
2) To get motivation to fight your current Goliath, focus on your past victories. David rehearsed his victory over the Lion and the Bear.
1 Samuel 17: 34-37 – “But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 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 Philistine.”
3) Many times in life others will not believe in you. David’s dad didn’t believe in his fighting abilities or he would have sent him to war with his other brothers. His brothers didn’t believe in his fighting abilities or they would have volunteered to go with him as he fought Goliath. King Saul didn’t believe in him because he tried to talk him out of it and then in a last ditch effort told him he could at least have his armor. Yet despite a 100% no-confidence vote, David believed that he and God could kill Goliath. Believe in yourself and the fact that God in you is greater than the Goliath you’re facing.
Matt & Alyssa Shull