Summary: We all come face to face with "Goliaths" in our lives. Like David, we too can conquer them and be victorous!
POINTS OF TRUTH Christian Ministries
Crusade Church of God
The battle lines were drawn. Across a great valley, the army of the Lord faced their enemy, the Philistines. The mighty army of the Lord was in full battle array, shouting the war cry, and waiting anxiously for the sound of the trumpet! The Philistines had invaded Judah and were standing on holy ground defiantly challenging the God of Israel to do something about it!
It was a tense moment, adrenaline was rushing through the veins of each soldier. Hearts pounding, they were determined to defend the honor of their God and His chosen people.
Then suddenly a single Philistine warrior stepped forward onto the plain. He stood upwards to thirteen feet tall, wearing a two hundred pound breastplate, and holding a spear weighing about thirty pounds! He was the Philistine Champion of war. His name was GOLIATH, meaning “exiled, raging spirits!”
The hearts of the Israelites melted at the sight of Goliath, and they trembled in fear. For thirty-nine days Goliath had humiliated and demoralized the Lord’s Army. Each morning, the Israelites would summon up the courage to ready themselves for battle, only to shrink away in fright and disgrace.
But day forty would prove to be very different. Forty is the number of trial and testing. For thirty-nine days not one Israelite had overcome the trial and passed the test. For thirty-nine days Goliath had taunted the Living God and no one had answered his challenge.
But on the morning of the fortieth day, a young shepherd boy named David was delivering goods to his brothers who were soldiers in the Army of the Lord. He arrived in the camp as Goliath began his challenge and taunt. David was enraged and asked,- “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the Living God?!”
Twice each day Goliath had offered the challenge,- “Face me!” “Defend your God!”
For forty days not one had answered his challenge, they all trembled in fear before him.
This young shepherd boy was delivering goods to his brothers, he was not there for battle,. . .but David answered immediately! He had no doubts, he was convinced that his God was faithful.
Though not trained for warfare, David was courageous and anxious to face the challenge while trained soldiers cowered in fear and shame. David’s trust was in his God, not in his personal training or ability.
David sought permission from King Saul to answer the challenge, notice- “And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
SATAN TRIED TO PLANT SEEDS OF DOUBT
(1) ELIAB, David’s older brother: His anger burned against David saying,- “Why have you come down here?” “YOU ARE ONLY A SHEPHERD BOY, who is watching the flock?”
(2) KING SAUL: “You ARE NOT ABLE TO GO AGAINST THIS PHILISTINE.” “YOU ARE JUST A BOY, YOU ARE TOO YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED.” “GOLIATH HAS BEEN A WARRIOR SINCE HIS YOUTH.” “HE IS TRAINED AND HAS KILLED MANY MEN.” “HE IS A CHAMPION!”