I know with God all things are possible. Jesus Himself told us that in Matthew 19:26. Yet I need to apply the knowing to my heart, with faith through Jesus, and believe. David not only knew this, but he also believed. He staked his very life upon this truth.
Goliath, a nine-feet-nine-inch tall Philistine, had been taunting the soldiers of Israel for forty days.
“‘Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.’ Again the Philistine said, ‘I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.'” ~ 1 Samuel 17:8c-10
David was still young, nothing but a shepherd, whose father had sent him with food for his brothers, and to bring back news from the battle front. But when David heard Goliath come out and challenge Israel- and Israel’s God- he decided to meet the challenge, and this giant.
“‘For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?’
…And David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.'” ~ 1 Samuel 17:26b, 32
Saul looked at the circumstances, and the odds were heavily against David in this fight. He looked at the situation from the world’s perspective, not from God’s. How often do we look at the troubles we face and think the situation is impossible? Silly us, God is on our side!
“Then Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.’…
‘Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.’ And David said, ‘The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may the LORD be with you.'” ~ 1 Samuel 17:33, 36-37
Most of us remember what happened next.
“And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.” ~ 1 Samuel 17:49-50
But we should take note of the words this brave young shepherd (God tells us he had a heart after His own, 1 Samuel 13:14) and future king of Israel spoke to Goliath on the battlefield.
“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give you into our hands.'” ~ 1 Samuel 17:45-47
David came in the name of the LORD, for God’s glory, not for his own gain.
“‘And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].'” ~ John 14:13-14 (KJV)
We should ask in Jesus’ name, according to His character and nature. What would be His will? What would bring Him glory?
“‘Therefore take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?’ (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.'” ~ Matthew 6:31-34 (KJV)
Seek after God’s will, God’s glory. Be about the Father’s business, and He will take care of your daily needs.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” ~ 1 John 4:4 (KJV)
God keeps His promises, all of them. He’s “got your back”. 🙂