David had God-confidence in fighting the giant Goliath, because he had previously battled bears and lions to regain stolen sheep. He KNEW that the Lord had saved him those times. David also could not endure the taunting of the Philistines against the Israelites. He took on his whole tribes and God’s people’s cause with a couple stones. David, as small as he was, chose a path of GREAT BATTLE. IN ALL, David KNEW that THE LORD WAS WITH HIM.
What is your Goliath? And will you approach the fight? Do you sit entrenched against the enemy in a long winter? Are you weary or worn down from the taunting without even getting onto the battlefield? Apparently, Goliath showed up every day. SO, David had a chance to gather his weapons and his plan. His 5 smooth stones, his sling, his wits, HIS LORD… OUR LORD. There’s nothing more important to this battle or your battle that the Lord battling for you, with you, THRU YOU. David came WITH God, came ready for a WIN, not just ready for a fight.
That’s how we should approach our Goliaths, ready WITH the Lord, ready for a win. We should NEVER assume defeat before our feet approach the field. We SHOULD gather our 5 stones, smooth and worked on by God’s forces to be perfect for the job, handpicked with prayer, and extra stones for extra measure. Actually, our best stone is holding on to our ROCK, our Lord.
Then we can walk onto our battlefield.
Most important of the story of David attacking the lion and the bear is to remind us that the LORD HIMSELF has come gathered us, RESCUED as sheep out of the jaws of the battles in our lives. He has won us the win over sin, let’s trust Him with our life-goliath’s too. Very importantly, let’s be a part of the battle by gathering our stones and tools. Trust in the armies of the living God.
He IS the POSSIBLE in our impossible.
“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Read all the 1 Samuel 17 story here: