2010-07-26 - The View from Up There
"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." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you." (1 Samuel 17:37)
Goliath stood over nine feet tall and was a champion fighter. He was prepared for battle. He yelled over to the Israelites to choose someone to fight him.
Pretend we could listen to Goliath's thoughts that day. What would we have heard? Is this the best Israel can do? A boy carrying a slingshot and some stones. Who were they kidding! This would be an easy win. It has to be some sort of joke, right? Are they intentionally trying to lose? The kid spouted some babble about God would take care of him, and he would win.
What an insult, bringing me this boy to fight. Don't they know who I am? They aren't even trying to make this fair. It is in the bag. This time tomorrow, we will be celebrating our victory, and people will be praising my valiant efforts. We'll just see what God can do with some rocks and a sling.
Goliath had met his match, although he didn't know it, until it was too late. Goliath was a giant, but he was also a bully. He taunted people to fight him. David accepted his challenge. David the shepherd was not being brash or daring; he was trusting in God's abilities and not his own. David knew God would step in and protect him from injury. Goliath, on the other hand, took stock in his own strength; this was his major downfall. He was basing the outcome of the fight on what he saw. From Goliath's vantage point, he saw an inexperienced, young boy half his size, ready to fight.
Goliath didn't see David's determination, his faith in God, or the power of God inside David. Even King Saul didn't think David could win against Goliath. David told the king how he defended his flock of sheep whenever a predator came. He also reassured Saul that God was with him when he killed those animals, and that He would be with him when David killed this one. David did not compromise, and went on to fight and beat Goliath with only five stones and a sling.
Lord, You know the bully I am facing. Help me to stay positive, and not just base things on what I see with my physical eyes. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.