They say that true heroes are measured not by the size of their strength but by the strength of their heart (Hercules).
I say this is true biblically as I ponder on one of famous bible stories of time, the story of David and Goliath.
As a background to the story, we saw how the Israelites were insulted by the Philistine army at war. They put forward Goliath, a very large warrior of their army, to fight in behalf of them. Goliath calls out among the Israelites who can fight against him, one-on-one.
We also saw few chapters earlier that King Saul was prophesied to be overthrown by a new king appointed by the Lord. This has resulted because of Saul’s outright disobedience of God. We have also seen that before this battle with the Philistines, Samuel was already instructed by the Lord to anoint for Him the new king He chose for Israel. David was anointed as king by Samuel.
Back to our war story, Goliath kept on calling out for the Israelite army but no one was brave enough to fight him. Every warrior of Israel cowered in fear. Then came David, a young shepherd boy and not even a warrior, and we saw this conversation he had with King Saul:
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Samuel 17:32)
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:33)
Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might (Eccl. 9:10; 1 Samuel 10:7) David knew that he has the ability to fight for Israel. It may not appear now in the way that he carries himself, like the Israelite warriors, but he knew. He knew because that was exactly how God wired him to be.
When you are off to slay your giants, surely there will be people who will discourage you. Don’t listen to them. Truly, what differentiates a David among all the Israelite warriors hiding in fear is his courage and confidence. A little later, we will discover where does this courage and confidence comes.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his fatherʼs sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
The way you slay the littlest giants in your life will show how prepared you are to slay the greatest giants in your life. David knew that inside him, he has the capability to fight and overcome. The little giants he fought before as a young shepherd boy prepared him to face the larger giants in his life, even Goliath. Surely, if we will continue to read on the life of David until he became king, his life was a series of fighting and slaying giants. Every giant slain enlarged his heart, faith and confidence.
David fought the giant because Goliath defied God himself. We saw how devoted David was to the Lord that he cannot accept the insult and defiance the Philistines threw. It is not because God cannot defend Himself but because God used David, a seemingly weak and young boy, never been in battle, to fight the boasting Goliath. Truly, God will exalt the humble and lower the boastful.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherdʼs bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40)
Fight your giants with the weapon God gifted you with. We saw in the account that right after King Saul gave permission, David set to arm himself. We saw that Saul gave him his own battle gears but David returned them as he cannot walk around with them comfortably. Instead, David prepared his slingshot and picked 5 smooth stones and put them in his bag. It looked funny yet David knew that this is how God equipped him to fight. He was able to protect his sheep using the slingshot and stones. He knew that he must fight with these weapons that the Lord equipped him with.
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. (1 Samuel 17:45)
Our confidence in slaying our giants should not come from our own ability and strength but by the power that God gives. David came to fight Goliath not relying on the weapons he had or weapons he was offered to use but by relying on the name of the Lord. That is in fact, the greatest weapon anyone can have. In Jesus, we see that there is power in His name. His Name is above all other names. There is no other name by which we will be saved. No other name under heaven and on earth can empower us to overcome and live victoriously.
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and Iʼll 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. (1 Samuel 17:46)
Our chief desire in slaying our giants is not to gain praises for ourselves but for the Lord to be glorified in it. All the striving and fighting is meaningless if we will accomplish it because of ourselves. Our life should be founded upon a purpose greater and larger than ourselves and that is to glorify God. We must find our greatest joy in Him alone and in making Him known.
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord ʼs, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
The slaying belongs to the Lord. Even David knew this. He was to slay Goliath not because they have to win the war against the Philistines but because it is God’s war against unholiness. The sovereignty of God is at stake with the war and David exalted the Lord through his confidence that all of Philistines will be given into the Israelites’ hands. The battle belongs to the Lord.
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. (1 Samuel 17:48)
Meet your giants head on, face-to-face. No one wins the battle by hiding or retreating. Much of life’s challenges should be faced head on. Nothing can ever be accomplished if we live denying the fact that giants in our life exist. These giants need to be slayed; they will not cease to exist just by believing the illusion that ignoring or denying them will make them disappear in our lives. Just like sin, dealing with our struggles and issues in life, we must take courage to deal with them to slay them completely.
Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (1 Samuel 17:49-50)
Slay your giants one stone at a time. It only took 1 shot from David to make Goliath fall down. As we saw in the preceding verses, it is not entirely upon the type of stone or weapon he used that made Goliath fall down. It is our faith and confidence in God that will make each stone we sling against our giants that make them fall down. What is a stone to a large giant, anyway? See how God shows us the lesson here. It is in trusting Him that He will fight our battles for us; we only need to be still and obey to what He instructs us. And at the end, we will share in the Lord’s victories. And all glory belongs to Him! So slay your giants, one stone at a time!
So where does our strength come from? Where does our courage to slay our giants come from? The secret lies here:
…for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
The strength of your heart will slay your giants.
Slaying giants with you,