The David and Goliath Story
We can draw many lessons that can be applied to our life from the David and Goliath Story. I want to share 3 of those with you.
In John 16:33 Jesus said,
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (New International Version)
In the context of the Story of David and Goliath, you could stretch it a little and say, “In this life you will face ‘giants’. But take heart!! I have overcome ‘every giant’.”
I want to briefly share three observations from this story that we can apply to our life today when we are facing our giants.
1. We need to know our God!
One thing is very clear in this story. David had no doubt that God would deliver Goliath into his hands. Goliath may have been big, strong and powerful, but David knew his God was bigger, stronger and more powerful!
In past experiences David had killed a lion and a bear and he knew that, just as God had rescued him from them, he would do the same with Goliath.
When we face our giants, we must know our God. In Jesus we have victory!
We need to make the Word of God our life and build a closer daily relationship with Jesus so that we can really know who God is.
2. We need to speak out what will happen
On two occasions we see David spoke out, in faith, what would happen, before it happened.
Read: 1 Samuel 17:36-37 & 1 Samuel 17:45-47
There is something powerful about speaking out the promises of God in our life. When we know our God, we can speak his Word with confidence.
There will always be those who doubt and we see David had to deal with this all the time.
- His Father didn’t even consider him as a candidate when Samuel came to anoint a new king – 1 Samuel 16:11.
- Davids Brother questioned his motives
- Saul doubted his ability
- Goliath made fun of him!
Despite this, David knew his God and spoke out what would happen as a statement of faith.
When we face our giants, we need to base our speech on the Word of God and the Promises given to use through the Word. We should also speak out our testimony of what God has already done.
3. Take Action
Verse 48 says that ‘David ran quickly toward the battle line’. David didn’t just boast that God could deliver Goliath, but he put it into action – quickly. We must not be people who just talk, but never act. James 1:22-25 reminds us that faith without deeds is not really faith at all. It must be accompanied by action.
Other action takers in the bible
- Abraham and Sarah, even though they where old and barren, they left their homeland and went to the promise land to begin a new nation.
- Moses, returned to Egypt to lead the Israelite people out even though he was considered a murderer.
- Gideon, led 300 men against an army with trumpets and torches hidden in jugs.
So, what action must you take? It may not be as dramatic as running to face a real giant in the battlefield, but there will be something that you can do to take action.
We see that David knew his God was bigger and stronger than Goliath and that he would deliver Goliath into David’s hands. David spoke this out as a statement of faith even before it happened and despite having doubters all around. Finally, David took action, running quickly to meet Goliath in the battle field.
What a powerful example of a man of faith and three simple yet powerful steps we can take when we face our giants.