Summary: No one in all of Israel wanted to contend with Goliath. His reputation went before him. He’d never lost one battle, because losing meant death. He’d won every time!
Live Like There’s No Tomorrow.
On May 25, 1979, Denis Waitly was desperately trying to catch a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles for a speaking engagement.
There are easier airports to run through than O'Hara! When he arrived at his gate, they had just closed the jetway. Denis begged them to let him on that plane. No luck! Out of breath and out of patience, he made his way to the ticket counter to register a complaint and re-book his travel. While he was waiting in line, and announcement came over the airport intercom. AA flight 91 to Los Angeles had crashed upon take off.
The engine on the left wing of that McDonnell Douglas DC 10 separated from the airplane right after takeoff. The unbalanced arrow dynamics caused the plane to roll, a roll from which it could not recover. All 258 passengers as well as 13 crew members, died in the crash. It was the deadliest aviation accident in the United States history.
That near death experience had a life altering impact on Denis Waitly. Had he been on time, it would've been the last day of his life.
Needless to say, he never registered his complaint. In fact, he never returned his ticket for flight 191. He took his paper ticket and put it in a visible place in his office.
Denis kept this memory before his eyes in a form of a plane ticket, hanging on a plaque he never got on! He say’s until this day, “Never take one single day for granted.’ ‘Live today—Be alive today!”
In 1 Samuel 17, David faced a giant, a giant with his name written on it. His name—Goliath.
Young David had a task that he elected to take head-on, no one else would take.
The power that David possessed came from heaven. It’s not normal for a small young man named David, to defeat a giant from Gath, Goliath was a paid assassin, a champion. Demographically ‘Gath’ produced many giants in that day and time.
No one in all of Israel wanted to contend with Goliath. His reputation went before him. He’d never lost one battle, because losing meant death. He’d won every time! Let’s just say, “Goliath had many victories under his belt.”
Let me set this up for you, Israel had been sending all their army to stand before this Goliath. Everyday for 40 days as Goliath came out to fight, he would yell, and all the Israelite Army would, turn-tail and run.
This true account in your Bible tells us that only David had a vision for this cause. He spoke to before his negative brothers, that got back to King Saul. “Is there not a cause!” (This speaks of Vision)
Isaiah 43:1NKJV But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel:“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”
Somebody said, Fear is the dark room where our negatives are developed. It's interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe.
A lot can be done as we gather a greater understanding that the Lord is with us, fear not!
Going back to our text, David was saying, “If we want to remain free we have to obtain a cause! A vision of the enemies demise. We have to see this in the spirit!” P.H
1 Samuel 17:45-47NKJV Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with 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 defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
Think about this, this Giants help, Goliath, by name, came in the form of a sword, a spear, and, a javelin.
This Goliath was an expert with his weapons, his weapons were gathered from the ground out of minerals of the earth, to become forged into steel and thus weapons.
At the end, Goliath had nothing to offer other than this world’s goods.
David proclaimed, 1 Samuel 17:47TM The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”