Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
I’m sure most of you have heard the story of David and Goliath before, but for the sake of this study, I will retell it. Goliath, if you don’t know, was a giant. He had been a warrior from a very young age. According to the Bible, he was “six cubits and a span” (1 Samuel 17:4). A cubit is 18 inches, so we can assume Goliath probably towered over all the other warriors surrounding him.
So, picture this, the Philistines are lined up for battle in the Valley of Elah and across from them are the Israelites. Goliath, who is a Philistine, keeps coming to the front line and taunting them by saying whoever can defeat him will cause all the other Philistines to fall into the hands of the Israelites. Every time Goliath comes forward to say this, it creates intense fear for the Israelites and they cower away. None of the Israelites step forward to take on the challenge. I have to admit, I wouldn’t have either. It sounds like he was pretty terrifying.
Then David shows up. He’s on an errand given to him by his father, Jesse, to deliver bread and check on how his brothers are doing. When he arrives and hears Goliath taunting the Israelites, he says, “[w]ho is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). He tells the people not to lose heart and he volunteers to fight Goliath. David displays a confidence that I want us all to pay extra attention to today. The reason I am telling this story is for us to see the expectation David has. He knows that God will keep His word and fight David’s battle. We can ask ourselves the same thing. Who dares to come up against the living God? We should see our battles the same way David does. Here is what happens next:
1 Samuel 17: 45-49 ESV
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.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine [Goliath] on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
Let us have confidence like David today as we pray, as we wait for answers, and as we face any battle or temptation. We can trust and expect our Lord to take care of our every need and guide us on the path He has laid out for us. Let’s put our trust in Him today.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.