God is your giant killer
“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.”
1 Samuel 17:46 (NKJV)
David and Goliath can sometimes be regarded as a children’s tale by some. Here’s young David taking on a seasoned professional soldier who happens to be a ten-foot giant. How David overcomes him with just a slingshot appeals to young especially. But the story actually contains valuable lessons for today’s mature Christian.
Why, for example, did David select five stones before he approached Goliath?
It is quite obvious from the story that David expected God to guide his sling stone and that he wouldn’t need a second shot. We might think it reasonable to take two stones, one to test out trajectory and how much force would be needed, and the other to do the deed. But why take five stones?
David took no sword or armour, just his sling and his unshakable faith that God would aid his arm and that his single shot would find its mark. So why did David take five stones? Later, in 2 Samuel 21, lies the answer.
Most sources say that Goliath had a brother and three other close kin. David anticipated that he might well have to either use five stones to kill Goliath, or perhaps even face all five and kill all five. As it happened, the other four fled with the rest of the Philistine army to fight again another day. But David was prepared. He’d done his homework and found out what he could about Goliath and his family.
And the lesson for today’s Christian is still that God fights our battles. It is faith that the Christian needs, like David had. But it is never a blind faith. It is good to know what we can about our problems and to do what we can to anticipate what might be needed to counter them. It is an educated faith, still founded on trust and belief that God will deliver us without fail in his own way and time, from all worries of money, health, and even persecution.
Faithful Father, you have called us to a life of growing faith in you. Of learning to trust you, to believe in your mercy and forgiveness. That trust goes further – unshakable belief that you love us and will deliver us from our giant battles in this life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by John Stettaford
About the writer:
John Stettaford is a Minister in the Reading congregation of Grace Communion International.
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