Many things seem to have risen up to block us. What we have to face is scary. It shakes us right down to our sandals. We see the ultimate intention of the enemies work. If we pass on Goliath, he will remain, and the Father’s plan becomes vulnerable. Sooner or later, he must be faced.
“Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.”
“Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.”
1 Samuel 17:4-11, NLT
Things are such in Israel, that an active faith has no real significance. Men are going to die, many very quickly. Then up steps David, he is untried in battle, but within him is an eager commitment to a faith in Jehovah. Fear has consumed hearts and minds, which are now full of ‘scary goliath fears’ and confusion. They’re pretty much inconpacitated at this point. The Scripture says “they were terrified and deeply shaken.” This is an irrational fear.
David (the shepherd boy) steps out and into the confusion. He is resistant to the fear that attacks his brothers. He identifies the giant before him as evil, and stands in the way of the Father’s will. David advances without fear.
The space once occupied by fear has been filled up by faith.
This story, is much more than a story. It may entertain schoolchildren, but it is so much more for us as believers. Most definitely you will be called upon to face a Goliath of your own. He is waiting for you, and you must step forward in faith. If you want to negotiate this away. Don’t! You are already dead.
So much points to Goliath’s superiority. He is a man-of-war; a dedicated and trained source of death. Goliath equips himself to stand quite forcefully over you. He presses forward, confident that he will destroy you. But David steps out of the line. He is trusting in God alone. He steps forward with no armor (Saul’s didn’t fit).
Something is about to happen, something children will sing about, and people will always esteem. Some theologians call this a “power encounter” which is about to tumble down.
David is about to kill Goliath, with just a stone from his sling. He swings, throws and embeds a rock into the giants forehead– right between his eyes! The giant collapses, and David moves forward, and he cuts off the giants head. He uses Goliath’s own sword to do this. Brutal and bloody? Terribly so.
But things around us are not much different. Each of us face a tall evil. Something that is monstrous and destructive. We cannot reason with it. We can only face it with the weapons the Father provides for us. When we advance to that source, we must do so with a faith that is real and undefeated.
Some reading this are pounded with depression and mental illness. I truly understand.
But you’re called to advance on any personal darkness.
We must stand and take an aggressive posture against it. As mentally ill people, the battle (and the stigma) is more intense, but it is overwhelmingly defeated by our simple faith in God’s Son.
Simplicity is our key, and we will not advance with anything less. At times, we think that we can strategize our way to victory. We hope to rationalize our enemy away by thinking positively about him. We think we can move against him by being clever. That will not work. Our simple hearts must be laced with faith. We need to step in to this, and then we will dance in the enemies jaws!