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David and Goliath

In 1 Samuel Ch 17 when Saul gave permission for David to fight Goliath, David was still in his teens, wore no armour and had no battle experience.

How could this young man defeat a giant who was 10 ft tall, covered in armour and battle hardened?

 The Holy Spirit has purposely put this story in scripture because it describes perfectly God’s way to bring down the giants in our lives. Giants of debt, fear, sickness, in fact anything that we think is a giant!

 1 Sam 17:40Then he (David) took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.

 David’s weapons were a sling and 5 smooth stones which he had chosen out of a stream.

 The number 5 in scripture symbolises ‘grace’. Grace is the unearned, unmerited, undeserved favour of God and is something we receive through trusting God.

 Hence when David confronted Goliath, he said to him:

1 Sam 17:45  “You Come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts!”  (NKJV)

 David had got his priorities in the right place. He was prepared with a sling and a stone  but his trust was in The name of the Lord of hosts. So when David slung the stone at Goliath, it wasn’t his expertise that found the spot marked X on Goliath’s forehead – No – the stone was directed there by the Holy Spirit!

 David had released grace by trusting In God alone. He had earlier recounted to Saul how he had first learned to trust in God:

 1 Sam 17:36  “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God!”

 Trusting in God is a process and something we build upon. David had first learned to trust God to kill the lion and the bear and now he was ready to step up to a new level of trust and kill a giant!

 Today God is calling His Church to trust Him and release His grace to bring down the giants in our lives, and like David to learn how to kill the lion and the bear. To trust Him in the small things of life and build our trust to bring down the giant.

 Question: How do we exercise trust in God?

 Answer: We trust in God through His word.

 Are we worried? God’s word tells us to be: ‘Anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God‘. (Phil 4:6)

 Are we fearful? God’s word tells us that:God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind‘. (2 Tim 1:7)

 Do we feel guilty or condemned? God’s word tells us that: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus‘. (Rom 8:1)

 These are the every day places where we can exercise trust in God and see His grace released to bring down the giants in our lives.

 Meditation Point: Lord Jesus, help me to learn to trust You through Your word that I might see a release of your grace in my life to bring down the giants! Thank You Lord!

 

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