Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Almost every youngster who has attended Sunday school knows the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17. Teachers have taught about the incidence but only on a surface. There is much more to the story that most people fail to understand on a deeper spiritual level.
Let's discuss some of the deeper levels of the story of David and Goliath and learn how we can get rid of our own giants.
Background of the Story
Sometimes teachers jump right into the middle of the story. There is always some background behind every story that helps people better understand it. For instance, David did not just stumble upon Goliath one day when he was out taking a walk.
Goliath is described as a Philistine giant who had taunted the Israelites for forty days while the Israelites were on one side of the hill and the Philistines were on another side of the hill with a valley between them.
Saul, the first king of Israel should have been the one to fight for Israel. At that time, kings went to battle and fought the enemies to keep the nation safe. Saul was a very tall man, but Goliath was much taller because he was a giant. Saul was described as a head taller than anyone else in all Israel, according to 1 Samuel 9:2. That suggests he was over 6 feet tall. He should have been the obvious one to go up against for Goliath, However, Goliath was defeated by someone much younger, smaller, and shorter. In other words, David was the underdog.
David knew he could defeat the giant. He was so sure because of his track record. He had already killed a lion and a bear when they showed up to attack his father's sheep (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Therefore, he knew he was equipped to move up to defeating a giant.
David refused to use the king's armor and weaponry. He did try on Saul's armor and fastened on his sword, but he could not walk in them. He told Saul, "I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them" (I Samuel 17:39).
David had his own clothes and his own weapon, but they were not as elaborate as the king's.belongings.
David was prepared to face the giant his way. He took five smooth stones from the stream and with his sling, he approached Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40).
David was confident without fear and trembling because he knew the power of God. The young lad told the Philistine giant, "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 Defeated the Giant
David put one of his smooth stones in his sling and slung it. The giant fell facedown on the ground when the stone sank into his forehead. David took Goliath's own sword and cut off his head with it.
While it was hard for others to defeat Goliath, David had no problem going up against the giant. When you are faced with your own giants, use the methods David used.
Steps to Defeat Your Own Giants
Think of David and the things he did when you have to face your own giants whether they are natural or spiritual. Based on the story of David and Goliath, you should be able to defeat your own giants.
- Be equipped. David had a track record of defeating other dangerous things such as a lion and a bear. You probably have a track record of being victorious in some area of your life.
- Be prepared. The young lad was prepared in an unconventional way. He used his own clothes and slingshot instead of the armor and weapon Saul offered him. David said he hadn't tried them. Too often we choose the most expensive and the most elaborate things instead of using what you are used to. Most of the time, we need to use what we have tested.
- Be confident. David didn't go against the giant with a sword and spear and javelin, but he went against Goliath in the name of the Lord Almighty. We should face our giants with confidence in the name of the Lord as well.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on September 05, 2019:
Yes, Kevin. That is practical advice that anyone could follow. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Kevin Howell from Maysville KY on September 05, 2019:
Whether you follow the Bible or not this is good advice. Enjoyed reading
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on August 30, 2019:
Great article, Margaret. Thanks for reminding us we can make our giants turn into ants. David is truly one of the great men of the Bible. Respect and admiration.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 30, 2019:
Yes, Lorna, if those methods worked for David, they will work for us as well. After all, we serve the same God that David served. I really do remind myself of my track record when I face my giants.
Lorna Lamon on August 30, 2019:
I remember this story from my own Sunday School days and I really like your analogy of how to defeat our own giants.