Everyone has heard of the story of David and Goliath a thousand times. But the great thing about the Bible is that when you read it, you can get something new out of it even if you read the same passage ten times in a row. This happened with me a few days ago while reading through 1 Samuel 17.
Now to give you some background, David was just anointed to be king over Israel by Samuel. They didn’t give an exact date when he was going to take over, but God had told him that he was going to. Now, during this time, The Israelite people and the Philistines were about to go to war and David’s father sent him to deliver gods to his brothers on the front line. There he volunteers to go after Goliath and King Saul cautions David. This is where I read something that I never noticed before:
1 Samuel 17:34-37: But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 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. 36 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. 37 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.”
For the most part, many of us have not reach the Goliath in our lives. Something that seems to be impossible and will be life changing. But, God has always been faithful to us in our difficult situations in the past. David was able to continue and fight Goliath because he realized that God with him while being attacked by bears and lions, and God delivered him through those I’m sure scary times.
It was because God was faithful in the past that David was able to take on the Goliath in the future with confidence.
Whatever you are going through at the moment, this may be your Goliath or it might be a lion or bear, we need to reflect as David did and realize that God has delivered us from difficult times in the past and He will be doing it again and again in the future. This right now is our training for our Goliath and when we begin to trust God with the lions and bears God will deliver with the Goliath as well.
And that is comforting.