When a battle is actually a spiritual battle
Prophet David came to power as king at a very difficult time when God's people were being threatened by a group of enemies called the Philistines. Goliath, the main giant fighter of the Philistines, challenged them to one-to-one combat. No one dared to fight him. Fear swept across the towns.
The story of David and Goliath is too familiar. Yet it is important to note that the story is not about a weak victim courageously fighting a strong bully. It was a spiritual battle between two gods and their kingdoms. If you read the story carefully, you can see both David and the Philistines made it very clear they knew it was a spiritual battle.
David was NOT at all interested in showing off for his own glory or getting the great reward. It was also not about taking revenge for himself or advancing his own political ideology, even though all these opportunities were clearly available to him at the time. He was motivated by his frustration at Goliath's disrespect for God and God’s beloved people.
What the battle is really about
David identified what the battle was truly about. He assessed the whole big picture with God in mind. And he saw where the ultimate power truly lies and under what power he should be fighting.
He said to Goliath,
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." (1 Samuel 17: 45)
David attributed his success in his shepherd work to God. He remembered it was God who had rescued him from lions and bears (1 Samuel 17:34-37). So the victory was never about his resources or weapons. The victory was all about God’s own presence with David. David made it clear the glory of the victory was to God and to God alone.
Your Response: Listen to God and Pray...
1. Do we recognize the spiritual battles arounds us, or do we only see the military and political problems that human minds are preoccupied with? How do we look at current events from God's point of view?
2. What was David’s main motivation to challenge Goliath and fight him? What is your main motivation in your daily struggles?
3. How is God speaking to you through this story? How will you respond?
4. Who can you share the story with?