Who is Your Goliath?

Who Is Your Goliath?

The story of David and Goliath we learned as children in Sunday School. There was a song that we learned that told the story too. As adults, we think we know the story but maybe take a fresh look at the conversations in this story.

David to Saul: Let your majesty not lose courage. I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
Saul to David: You can’t fight you are too young.
David to Saul: God has delivered me from a lion and a bear attack in the past.
Saul to David: Go, the Lord be with you!

David picks up 5 smooth stones from the brook and heads out to meet the giant Goliath. As Goliath comes towards David he checked him out and saw he was just a youth and held him in contempt.

Goliath to David: You think I am a dog that you can fight me with your staff (He didn’t observe the sling shot). He cursed David.
David to Goliath: You come against me with a sword and spear but I come against you in the name of the Lord. The very God you just insulted. Today you are going to die. The Lord will deliver you to me and I will cut off your head.

And we know the rest of the story. David kills Goliath with his sling and a stone and does cut off Goliath’s head.

We often forget that we are the little person against the giant who taunts us every day. We aren’t powerful enough. We aren’t strong enough. We aren’t conniving enough to defeat him, but God is on our side. We only have a sling shot and a stone but God delivers the giant to us. We should not be surprised that we can have confidence to face our circumstances. Have we lost our courage? Do we feel too young or too old? Have we forgotten what God delivered us from in the past? If we have defeated lions and bears, this giant should be able to go down too. We should walk towards that giant and know that God can deliver us today. The Lord be with you!

Author: Karen Epp

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