Goliath challenged the armies of Israel to a fight, and he even dictated the mode of the battle. He said give me a man, that we may fight together, my victory over one, will be Philistines’ victory over Israel.
1 Samuel 17:10 (NKJV) “And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”
He did not issue this challenge once, he kept repeating the same challenge, for a space of forty days. With his constant declaration of the challenge, he captured the boldness and the courage, of the armies of Israel.
If he had stopped at just boasting, maybe the children of Israel would have recovered from the spell. But, this giant warrior did not only use his word, he also flaunted his size to justify his claim.
The Enemy’s Strategy
Goliath’s strategy shouldn’t have been effective, if the armies of Israel had not tried to fight, in their own strength. They focused on the size of the giant, while they should have focused on the size of their God. They listened repeatedly to the word of Goliath, without considering for once the promises of God, for the nation of Israel.
How Goliath dealt with the armies of Israel, is nothing different from how the enemy deals with God’s people today. He bombards believers with thoughts, and images of defeat, and intimidation, worries and anxieties. Many believers couldn’t confront their giant, because rather than keeping God’s word before them, they keep listening to their circumstances.
There is no way you can slay your giant, if you keep exalting its voice, above the voice of God. You will remain a victim of your circumstances, if you don’t shift your focus to the covenant.
Can you remember what David did, when he came on the scene? He shifted the focus from the circumstance, to the covenant, and from the giant to the living God. He said, who is this uncircumcised Philistine (a man without the covenant), that he should defy the armies of living the God? David was able to slay the giant, because he looked beyond the giant.
Please, if you don’t remember anything you read this morning, don’t forget this one thing. No matter how great your giant is, it can’t be as giant, as the Most High God.
Father, I silence every voice, that I have exalted above Your voice in my life, in Jesus’ name.
Let’s Talk About It:
How do you handle negative images and thoughts, that come to your mind, in the course of you daily activities?