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Many of us are facing challenges that seem insurmountable. Others are overwhelmed, over-stressed and over worked. We gotta love the “David” of the Bible that took on the biggest man in the known world. Goliath represents our struggles, our enemies, and our biggest battles in life. But David also represents hope when life looks hopeless and shows us how God can help us defeat every enemy.
Let’s dive-in to the story.
So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.” – I Samuel 17:25-27
God allows enemies to play a provoking role in your life.
God also allows challenges so He can shape you into the man and woman of God that He’s designed you to be. He is eager to display His glory, His splendor and His power through you because the world needs a display of who He is and His power.
David shows us that we can stand and fight when everything in us and around us is saying, run!
If you are cringing and retreating in the face of giants, God is telling you that you can become stronger, that you can rise up and defeat your enemies.
Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did. Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. – 1 Samuel 17:25-31
The next thing that David does is…
give his life entirely for God’s purpose. We’re living too much for ourselves. When David’s brother, Eliab accuses him of pride and arrogance David responds by saying, “Is there not a cause?” In other words, David is saying that there is a reason that “I’m here.”
David willingly took on God’s cause. This was not David’s battle, but Saul’s battle . . and secondly it was the army’s battle . . and then thirdly, it was the nation of Israel’s battle.
Nonetheless, David took on this cause because, he saw the cause as God’s call.
David arrived at this battlefield not knowing the circumstances. His Father, Jesse sent him to deliver a package to his brother who were soldiers in Saul’s army. We do not know if he knew the status of the battle with the Philistines . . but I can tell you that when he saw there was a cause . . he realized it was his calling.
David took God’s cause and made it his calling!!
David was willing to take on a battle that wasn’t necessarily his, but he was more than ready to accept the challenge.
“David said to the Philistine, ‘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.This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands’.” – I Samuel 17:45-47
David took on a battle that wasn’t his to reveal a God that was his.
David’s whole intention is to do one thing, and that is to deliver Israel from its enemies. And God wants to deliver you from your enemies. Some enemies die with time while others get stronger.
Please realize, if you let the devil let hang around and hang around and hang around he’ll kiss and love you for a while, but the minute you get unable to handle him he will put your neck in a noose and kick the chair right out from underneath you.
David’s sole intention was to deliver Israel from the enemies of God, especially the defiant enemies of God. Two times in this text David says, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who has defied the armies of the living God?”
So what is the significance of the phrase “Today I will take his head off”? God did not raise up David to threaten, harass or injure enemies that were defiant against Him, but to destroy them.
And that’s what God wants for you.
Think for a moment about the phrase “The battle is the Lord’s.” Spiritual burnout so often happens when you have tried to fight obstacles and enemies in your own strength.
You’ve tried fighting in your own strength. You thought you had to fix it.
“Though we walk in the flesh we do not war in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for pulling down of strongholds.” – I Corinthians 10:3-4
Remember, the battle is the Lord’s and you are mighty…THROUGH GOD!