““Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!””
1 Samuel 17:32-37
Gosh I love God’s Word and getting to share how awesome these truths are with you! I was sitting here not having a clue what the God Gold of today would be so figured I better get into the mines of God’s Word and see what Gold He has for me to dig up. Unfortunately turning straight to God’s Word for answers is not always my first move but I’m learning the hard way a lot of the time that turning to Him is always the best move to make!
This passage is one of my favorites, David vs. Goliath!! I’ve shared some Gold from here before but something new stuck out to me today from this story that I pray can be a big encouragement to you today and move you closer to the Lord in your walk!
David is showing up at the Israelite camp asking all the Israelites why they are just standing around, then David sets eyes on this giant, “Goliath.” He asks the Israelites about him and what’s going on, they tell him that Goliath has been calling them out for many days now. He wants to fight the Israelites best soldier, and settle the war that way. A one on one fight to the death, winner wins the war for their side. The Israelites were absolutely terrified, they wanted no part of fighting this giant, so they stood there, listening to his taunts and paralyzed by fear to fight. They said “He was too big, too skilled”, and made all these excuses why they couldn’t beat him but David wasn’t seeing Goliath like they were.
David is just a little shepherd boy at this time and had no place to be anywhere near a battle, much less fighting in one. David’s confidence is unreal, he asks the Israelites in verse 26, “who is this heathen Philistine, anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”
You hear that confidence?!?! The overlying lesson from David throughout this whole passage isn’t in his confidence or bravery, it’s Who his confidence is in, his identity. His identity is found in God, “the living God.” David is so confident not because of his ability or anything he has but in God and what He is capable of. So with Davids identity in God, this giant doesn’t look so big when compared to God. When our identity is in Who we are in God, children of His, everything changes on how we see our giants and what I noticed today that was so cool is this identity in God, seeing life through God’s eyes, He teaches us how to not only be confident in the victories ahead but He also reminds us of the victories of our past what He’s already brought us through.
So often I know I get caught up living in my past, it’s easy to base who you are off of who you were yesterday, the failure and sins you were caught up in yesterday. When you place your identity in your shortcomings and times of defeat, it’s practically impossible not to stand there shivering in fear at the giants you face today because if you failed yesterday, you’re probably going to fail again today right? If you lost yesterday then you probably don’t stand a chance today right? NO!!! WRONG!!!
David is brought to king Saul after he is going around the camp talking trash about this Giant, Goliath. Davids identity is in God, His confidence in God is seen from the first words to Saul. “Don’t worry about this giant, I’ll go take care of him.” I’m sure Saul was looking at this little shepherd boy and thought, “yeah right, you aren’t going to fight this giant, you won’t stand a chance.” Then what sets David apart from the scared Israelite soldiers is that, remember his identity is in God, not in him. So he doesn’t look back at all the times he’s failed, all the times he messed up or lost to a giant he was facing. So often when facing giants in my life, I am defeated before the battle of even starts because I’m replaying in my head all the other giants I lost to, all the times I’ve failed. But HEY, you’re identity shouldn’t be in you, it needs to be in God. So instead of replaying the blooper reel of your past, look at Davids example here, he started recounting the times that the Lord has delivered him against giants that seemed too big and too fierce for him to handle.
David looks back at the not at what he has done, because once again his identity is not in himself, it’s in God. So David looks back at what God has done, delivering him against lions and bears. No way this shepherd boy has defeated lions and bears. David knows that it wasn’t because of him that he defeated these violent and deadly animals, it was God who delivered him. So in the moment we start replaying all the reasons why we can’t, we have to remember why God can! Looking back at your past can be a dangerous thing to do, unless you are looking back at your past through God’s eyes, in His identity, looking at each of the victories God has already brought to your life and you can have confidence that this living God is more than capable of delivering you to victory once more.
“The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
I love that verse! David is saying the same God that brought victory yesterday in my life is the same God who is going to bring victory today. Looking back at the victories God has brought us through is where we are settled back into that confidence. When things are getting rough and the giant is yelling taunts at you, saying “remember yesterday, you can’t do this, you’ll never be able to defeat me.” Those are lies straight from Hell! When things get wild and hard in your life and you’re facing a giant sized situation, a giant that has defeated you day in and day out for sooo long, always focus on your identity. Your identity as a child of God. Your identity in Christ, as one with Him, a child of God who may have struggled yesterday but because of what Christ has done, the victory He has given us, you’re not the same person of failure you used to be, you’ve got a new life, a free and victorious life through Christ! It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday because God has called you forgiven, accepted and worthy!
Continue to constantly remind yourself of your true identity as a child of God! Look back at the person you were yesterday and look how far God has taken you! It’s amazing to see what God has done! It’s easy to get wrapped up in and down on yourself because of the wrong you’ve done and the failures you’ve had but when you get discouraged, remind yourself, “I’m a child of God!” Then look at what God has done in your life, taking you from a life wrapped up in sin and death to a life of freedom as victory through Christ! Recount each victory, have confidence in God for what He has already done and have confidence in God for what He is about to do! Yesterday is gone and the new life is here! Sometimes when looking ahead at your giant, it helps to look back at what God’s mighty hand has worked through your life, each moment of victory, then that giant you faced today gets smaller and smaller! Even if it’s others who tell you, like Saul was telling David, “you’re too small, he’s too big, you’ll never win, just give up.” Comments like that are usually from people who are standing scared on the sidelines like the Israelites were. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says, the only thing that matters is who God says you are, what God has done and have faith in what He is doing! Focus in on the victories God brought yesterday, be thankful for them, and walk confidently into battle today knowing the same God that made it happen back then is the same God that is going to make it happen today!