A spiritual battle
David came to power at a very difficult time when God's people were being threatened by 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. Both David and the Philistines made it very clear they knew it was a spiritual battle.
David was not motivated by his desire to showing off, the great reward or the chance to take revenge (though all were clearly offered to him at the time), but by his frustration at Goliath's disrespect for God and His beloved people, the Israelites (his God and his community)
What the battle is really about
David identified what the battle was truly about by assessing the 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."
David attributed his success in his shepherd work to God. He remembered it was God who had rescued him from lions and bears. So the victory was not about his tools or weapons. It was God's own presence with David. David made it clear the glory of the victory was to God and to God alone.
Listen to God and Pray...
1. Do we recognize the spiritual battles arounds us, or do we only see the military and political aspects? 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?
4. How is God speaking to you through this story?
5. Who can you share the story with?