Life Lessons Devotional Series
Scripture Passage 1 Samuel 17: 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 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. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Life Lesson: The size of your opponent or the magnitude of the problem is never the issue for the child of God because our focus is always on the immutable, immeasurable, unfathomable power and glory of Almighty God!
– Goliath was a giant of a man. Standing at nearly 10 feet tall he dwarfed even the tallest among the people of God. In fact, every man in the Israelite army quaked with fear at the sight of Goliath.
– When the soldiers who have been trained for hand-to-hand combat are unwilling to stand against such an opponent then who would? David was no soldier, but David was a warrior! David had not enlisted in the king’s army, but David was enlisted in the army of the Living God!
– What is it that separates the courageous from the cowardly? It is faith in God! David clearly demonstrated that his faith in God was far greater than the threats of the giant Goliath. Goliath scoffed at David, hurling insults and death threats at him but David paid him no attention! David was confident that the seemingly unbeatable foe standing before him would fall, and it would not be by might, nor by power but by God’s Spirit at work through him!