Sometimes victory and the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises comes as it did for David, in an unexpected way, and the sword with which God broadcasts His victory in your life is the same sword the enemy has tried to use against you. As you enter into the Promised Land, believe the Lord has the power to pull down every giant you face, just as He did for the Israelites when they entered Canaan.
By Heather Djunga
Goliath actually laughed when he saw ‘the Lord’s servant’ approach him. Who was this awkward man who arrived dressed in modest clothes and stinky from long hours spent in the blazing heat, looking after sheep?
He might’ve wondered at this moment whether he had wasted his time picking out his biggest sword to fight the scrawny mite. Surely this wasn’t Israel’s mightiest warrior? He had requested a ‘mighty warrior’ to stand against him. Goliath fancied himself a great conqueror – he liked a challenge.
He even – dare he think it – felt slightly insulted by Israel’s choice of ‘hero’. This little runt was saying something about cutting off his head and feeding it to the birds.
Goliath studied the bloke. He couldn’t see anything in his hand which could do any cutting.
He did what any giant might do under such circumstances. He laughed.
His fellow philistines would surely agree with him. The situation was funny – comical at best. What’s more, when Israel’s tiny hero had put on the armour which could save his life against Goliath’s intended onslaught, he had taken it off straight away. Something about it being the wrong fit.
Before Goliath had a chance to laugh again, David, warrior of Israel, started running towards him.
Now that was unexpected.
Usually they ran away.
He was shouting about Goliath insulting his God, the God of Heaven’s armies. If Goliath could capture how he felt at that moment – it was between a laugh and a sigh.
He hadn’t expected the stone. It came from nowhere but it hit his forehead dead in the centre. Then, the darkness.
David trembled as he picked up the sword from Goliath’s colossal form. As the sun caught its metal surface, sending out rays of golden light, cheers broke out from the camp of Israelites.
Even David’s brothers, still busy with the sarmies their little brother had just delivered to them (David was their appointed Mr Delivery, not the ‘victorious warrior’ surely?), stood with open mouths. David could make good sandwiches and kill giants?
David lifted Goliath’s sword – the giant’s chosen weapon against Israel – and cut off his head.
The same God who had saved him from the lion and the bear, had delivered him and the sheep of Israel from this giant.
Are you just a little small in stature and influence for your liking or the liking of others? Do you or they think you are only good for serving sandwiches? Are you focussed on your own ability or on Him?
David wasn’t the expected victor – but then, what made David different to many others, was that he wasn’t trying to be a victor. He understood the situation had been set up for his God to look good and he trusted his God was already the Victor. He wasn’t about to trust in armour and even sword size.
He had seen the lion fall.
He had seen the bear fall.
Who then was this giant?
The Israelites as a people faced some giants as they entered into the Promised Land and as you enter your Promised Land, don’t be surprised if there are giants and you must contend. How many times in scripture, did Israel take the plunder from the enemy after defeating them in battle?
Scripture says just two of the original Israelites who set out from Egypt actually entered the promise – Joshua and Caleb. They had different spirits to the rest. The rest of their camp focussed on the giants. Joshua and Caleb focussed on their God.
Do you know that Jesus can play a sneaky game of chess with the enemy and that Goliath was in checkmate, though he didn’t yet know it… a small, insignificant stone turned the tables and Goliath’s own weapon became his downfall. It was a sneaky move. Even the philistines watching would have agreed. Once again, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel had outdone Himself.
It reminds me a bit of the story of Esther where the evil Haman builds gallows from which to hang Mordecai but ends up being hanged by his own gallows. Imagine Haman’s pride building as he built those gallows, thinking himself great and powerful. A move here – a move there – by the Spirit of God and some heavenly ‘coincidences’ stand as a witness for Mordecai’s good heart and upright standing with the Lord and Haman’s very large and deathly gallows lead to his own destruction.
As David did, ask the Lord for His perspective on your situation. How does He see what you are going through? Is there something He wants you to understand or learn, or perhaps something He wants others to witness? Has He set the stage for His name to be glorified, so that unbelievers and witnesses might be saved? David’s eyes were opened to see that the philistine was insulting his God and that the Lord wanted to use this as an opportunity to glorify His name in the presence of Israel’s army and the army of the philistines.
He also understood that he could trust that what the Lord had placed in his hand – a stone, a sling – was sufficient. That El Shaddai, the all-sufficient God, was able to deliver and provide enough for this challenge too – as he had for the times when David had faced a lion and a bear.
Maybe the Lord’s Spirit had whispered to David, “I’m going to cut off his head
today” and David had looked in his hand to see just a stone. Perhaps he had felt a little confused. He might’ve momentarily questioned the Lord: “Lord, surely a stone can’t cut a head off?” Could he trust God with His instructions to him? He recalled victories of the past. That mean lion. That growly bear. God had dealt with them. Yes, he could trust Him.
He chose to reject doubt and press on, believing God would do what He had said and trusting the Lord’s instructions.
God wanted to use the same weapon the enemy had set up against him, to cut off his own head.
He also wanted to use the secret weapon He had trained David with in the ‘secret place’ – the sling and stone – to make this a possibility. God wastes nothing.
You see, David was a child of an eternal Covenant, which had withstood generations – ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel’ – and he went forth in the assurance of this Covenant.
When the philistine cursed him, he believed the God who said, ‘I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you’.
So we have the confidence that the enemy of our souls has no legal right to take our promise and be in our Promised Land, because we belong to Him and He will never forget us nor His covenant with us.
It is not about our size, or other’s perceptions of us, or our ability, or our might or power. It is about Him. No weapon formed against us will prosper, we belong to Jesus Christ. We have a Covenant-keeping God.
“If anyone attacks you, it is not from Me; whoever assails you will fall before you. Behold, I have created the craftsman who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its task; and I have created the destroyer to wreak havoc. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord…” (Isaiah 54:15-17).
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