I had a lot of fun with the message this past week on David and Goliath. Friday and Saturday I attempted to learn to use the sling. I was proud of myself on Sunday that I was actually able shoot the ball forward and not backwards. I definitely had more than one embarrassing attempt at using my sling in my front yard with all of the neighborhood kids looking on.
David and Goliath is a story that most all of us learned growing up. Most of us learned the Sunday School version of the story that leaves Goliath a bit cartoonish. But Goliath was no cartoon figure. He was one real mean dude. He was not someone you would want to meet in a dark alley or anywhere for that matter. To say he was a giant is an understatement. He was someone no one wanted to face.
But as much as the Israelites wanted to avoid Goliath, he was not going anywhere. For 40 days Goliath continued to shout his taunts of defiance at the Israelites and their God. That is the way giants are. Wishing they would go away are not going to make them go away. The only way they are going to go away is if they are confronted and taken on.
The giants are intimidating and imposing. They are good at convincing us that we cannot win. They work to cause us to doubt and make us to give up before the battle is even fought. We don’t lose to the giants in the battle. We lose to the giants by giving up before the battle even begins.
We don’t necessarily fight ancient giant warriors with slings and stones. The giants we face are those things we are tempted to believe we cannot be overcome. An example of one of these giants we might face is an addiction in our life. It might be a relationship that is troubled. It might be a financial difficulty or a challenge in your marriage. Whatever the giant is, ignoring it will not make it go away.
If you are fighting the Lord’s battle you cannot lose. It is impossible. God does not lose. God is almighty. God wins the day. This does not mean it is easy. The giants present an incredible challenge. But the giants are no match for the Lord. All that is needed is to take the step of faith and to trust in God’s directions.
If you find yourself fighting a losing battle, ask yourself if it is the Lord’s battle you are fighting. Often our stubbornness gets in the way and keeps us from admitting we are wrong. It just might very well be that it is the Lord you are fighting and that is not going to work out. Is it for your glory or is it for God’s glory?
Saul would have never defeated Goliath. Saul was too proud to admit the error of his ways. The giant Saul was fighting was a threat to Saul’s kingdom. The giant David faced was a threat to God’s kingdom. That is why if Saul had fought Goliath it would have been Saul’s Battle. But for David, the battle was the Lord’s battle.
I leave you with this song by Casting Crowns which we sang last Sunday. The giant is calling out and telling me that I am never going to win. But the voice of truth tells me a different story. Which is the voice I am going to choose to listen to? Which voice are you going to choose to listen to?