The history of David and Goliath is a classic of biblical stories, for it is an example of how having faith, strength, perseverance and the will of God's hand, everything is possible. But there is a detail in this story that is worth analyzing and that most of us overlook. The reality is that the story of David and Goliath is so famous that everyone sees it as the boy defeating the greatest of all or the weak defeating the strong and this could easily be an analogy of ourselves as a society.
In fact is a story that has not been repeated once. but we see it repeated so often in our environments, yet this is not a story of the weak overcoming the strong. The truth is that some individuals may tend to be compared as weak but noble and therefore deserving to win through a miracle or something similar. It is for this reason that one should clarify that David did not defeat Goliath because he was the "weak one" in fact Goliath had no chance of beating David from the beginning.
The Great Story of David and Goliath
This noble young man was a shepherd who never thought of harming an insect. However, the Philistines who were part of a people who were against the Israelites proposed to resolve their conflicts through a battle. This battle did not consist of all against all, but that each army would choose the best of their warriors to fight for victory. Thus, the best warrior of the Philistines was chosen. He was a huge man, more than two meters tall, who challenged the Israelites every day and no one stood up to him for fear of being seriously injured.
One of those days when Goliath intimidated the Israelites David heard this challenge, became indignant and offered to fight against him. King Saul told him not to do so, but David convinced him to let him fight, arguing that since he was a shepherd he was qualified to fight because he constantly confronted lions and bears to defend his flocks, chasing them to death.
It was time for battle and David arrived alone with a slingshot in his hands.He had no armor to cover his body because he did not want it. Goliath was armed from head to toe and with the most lethal weapons possessed by a warrior to fight against his opponent. David, being a man of God, knelt down to pray before the battle began. What the Philistines did not know was that David not only had the experience with the sling to defend himself but he was imploring the Lord's strength to defeat his opponent.
The fight begins and David and Goliath approach each other. David wasting no time He uses his sling and his stone with great mastery, so much so that with a single shot he slams his sling in the middle of Goliath's eyes, the only unprotected place he had, and he falls dead to the ground. The story goes that the Philistines lost their aspirations to have the Israelites as their slaves and David achieves an important victory for his people. Moral: never underestimate the power of your opponent no matter how weak it may seem and much less sin of pride believing to be the giant or the best.
David and the Giant: 5 principles for defeating the Goliaths in our lives
Through the biblical story of David and Goliath, we can learn five principles that will help us to face the great challenges or "giants"that we encounter in life. These principles are:
- The value of knowing God.
- We must know what weapons we have.
- We need to understand ourselves.
- We should not be intimidated by what we see and hear.
- Our greatest desire should be to glorify God.
Biblical history and its details
We discover the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. enemy Israel and had challenged the Israelites to war. The two armies stood face to face between opposing mountains, with the valley of Elah in between, and waited.
For 40 days, Goliath, a Philistine giant with a armor impressive, he went out every morning and evening to challenge the Israeli people with a rather mocking tone of questioning:
Who will fight? am I not a Philistine? and are you not serving Saul? why don't they choose someone who can stand against me? If they can raise me up and kill me, we will serve them; but if I defeat them and kill them, they will become our slaves and serve us. (1 Samuel 17: 8-9)
From King Saul down to the youngest soldier, the entire Israeli army was threatened. The freedom of the people is threatened! The Bible says: "When they heard what the Philistines said, Saul and all the Israelites were shocked and terrified" (1 Samuel 17:11).
David was the youngest of eight brothers and three older brothers are in the Israeli army. Forty days passed and his father Jacob was getting old and asked him to go to the battlefield to check on his brothers and bring them something to eat.
David was a shepherd, so he left another shepherd to look after his sheep, went to the front and encountered this situation. Every army on the mountain, the valley in the middle and the giant challenged the Israelites loudly. He also heard that although Saul offered great rewards to those who dared to fight, the number of volunteers was surprisingly low: exactly 0, none.
David was very angry and asked, "Who does this heathen Philistine think he is and who dares to challenge the army of the living God?" Someone heard him and went to Saul, so he sent for David. They chatted for a while and David managed to persuade Saul to allow him to oppose Goliath. What are you talking about? Saul asked and David replied that God had protected him from wild animals several times and he firmly believed that God would protect him from this giant.
This is how David confronted Goliath, struck him and then killed him with a sling, a staff, a shepherd's bag and five smooth stones. But, in fact, these were not the only weapons David used. Let's look at the five basic principles that played a decisive role in this story.
David's success was based on his firm belief in God.
David knew of God's great power because he had experienced it in his own life. Although David was very young and probably in his early teens, he had no doubt that God is faithful and helped all his children.
As a shepherd, David saw large and ferocious animals attack his sheep. God had always helped him by giving him the strength and skills necessary to overcome difficulties. Therefore his faith in God was firm and consistent and he was absolutely sure that God would help him to defeat Goliath.
As the Lord has saved me from the paws of lions and bears, so will he save me from the power of the Philistine (Samuel 17:37).
It is worth reflecting: Have you experienced God's great power in your own life? Do you remember a particular situation in which God helped you to prevail over trials or solve your problems? Can this experience increase your confidence? Has it increased your trust in God to the length of the years?
David knew the power of his weapons
Saul provided David with his uniforms and battle weapons, but David did not want to use them. He liked to use more the weapons he used to protect his sheep every day, namely his staff, his shepherd's bag, his sling and five smooth stones, which he chose with supreme care. He knew how to use them, what their purpose was and how to make the most of them to make them most effective.
David also knew what his most powerful weapon was for this battle: imploring the name of the Lord Almighty. His confidence to win was in fact founded on trust in God, not in his ability as a shepherd. That is why he was so clear and certain that he would win, even though logic and vision pointed to another outcome.
You come to me with swords, spears and javelins, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the army of Israel, whom you have defied. (1 Samuel 17:45) With these words David confronted Goliath.
It is worth thinking about: Do you know the armor that God provides for his children? Read Ephesians 610-18, teaches us that we should let God examine us and show us how to use the weapons He has given us so that we can overcome the trials, temptations or difficulties that come our way in life.
David understands himself
David tended the flocks of his family and he knew how to use his power and cunning to protect his sheep. He knew his power to escape in the face of danger and he also knew his agility. He knew the best distance to attack effectively without taking too much risk. He knew his God-given abilities and used them with confidence and determination.
David replied, "It is my turn to take care of my father's flock. When the lion or the bear takes a sheep from the flock, I chase them and beat them until they release the sheep. Also, if an animal attacks me, I grab it by its mane and beat it to death. If this servant of God kills the lion and the bear, he can do the same to the Philistine, because he is resisting the army of the living God. (1 Samuel 17: 34-36)
It is worth thinking about: Do you know the talents and powers God has given you? Are you using all the potential God has given you to glorify yourself or to glorify God? God created a goal for us and expects us to do our best to reach it and thus bless and help those around us as we reach it.
David was not afraid of what he saw
Even Esau, who was the king of Israel and the highest of the people (1 Samuel 9: 2), was intimidated by the figure and armor of the giant Goliath. The latter, in turn, took advantage of this fear and issued a strong threat. But David was not frightened by his height or his shouts.
David focused on things no one else had noticed: the unprotected part of Goliath. The small space on the giant's forehead was exposed. He concentrated his attention on throwing the stone in the right place, made a good shot and after that the giant falls lifeless to the ground.
A famous warrior, from the city of Gath, left the Philistine camp. His name was Goliath and he was almost ten feet tall. (1 Samuel 17: 4)
It is worth thinking about: Do you take advantage of every opportunity God gives you in life? Are you focused on the door God opened in front of you or on how difficult they may seem? Do you fill your thoughts with God's Word every day and pray to the Heavenly Father every day for encouragement? Or are you confused by defeatist thinking and belief in the inability to get things done?
Glorifying God was the purpose that David had in mind.
Glory to God and may his name be exalted, these were his thoughts. David was sure that he would defeat Goliath in the name of Jehovah, but he did not intend to be recognized or exalted for it. He knew that victory could only be achieved through divine intervention. God would be glorified and all would see that God's redemptive power would deliver his children from evil.
From a human perspective, the way God fights and the weapons he uses seem illogical. However, his weapons are the most effective weapons, because they are full of power, have received his blessing and lead us to honor his name.
All of you here will realize that the salvation of the Lord does not require a sword or a spear. The battle is the Lord's and he will deliver you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47)
It is worth reflecting: Are you doing everything for God's glory or striving for your own achievements? Do you talk about what God has done in your life? Or do you prefer to talk about yourself, your intelligence, your strength or your abilities? Do you count the "unexplainable" things you have experienced in your life? Such as food at the right time, protection from the lurks of evil, improvements in your health. If so, give glory to God. Thank our Heavenly Father and tell others about the wonders He has done for you and your family.