2011-02-12 - Goliath
Today we will look at the Philistine giant named Goliath. As 1 Samuel 17:4 tells us, Goliath was a champion warrior who was over nine feet tall. As a champion, Goliath would meet the champion of another army, to decide the outcome of a war or conflict. In 1 Samuel 7:8-10, Goliath challenged the Israelite army to send out a warrior to fight him. The loser's army would become subject to the winner's forces.
How did the Israelites react to this challenge? "On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified." (1 Samuel 7:11 NIV) Saul was God's anointed king. He was the tallest man in Israel. (1 Samuel 9:2; 10:23). God had promised Israel that He would protect them in battle. In Deuteronomy 20: 1-4, God tells Israel that He would "go with you to fight against your enemies to give you victory." Yet, Saul and the Israelites did not trust God's promises. They were afraid.
How do you react when you face a crisis, such as Goliath? Are you afraid? Do you trust in God's promises? Do you ask God for help?
As we all know, David, the shepherd boy, was not afraid of Goliath. David trusted in God's help and was victorious over Goliath. Today, we can face our Goliaths by placing our trust in God and relying on His promises. We can have confidence that God hears our prayers - and that He will act on our behalf - to His glory.