What was the name of the giant soldier in our story? (Goliath)
Why wasn't David afraid to fight Goliath? (He knew that God would help him.)
Does God help you? (Yes.)
Read: 1 Samuel 17:1-39
When David heard Goliath’s threat for the first time, his response almost sounded over-confident, considering what he was up against. He asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26. It was almost as if he was saying, “Who is this guy anyway, and why should we be so afraid of him? God is on our side!” David responded to an impossible situation with confidence. He marched straight into the king’s presence and declared that he would be the one to defeat Goliath. He was bold.
As we might expect, everyone doubted David. He was too small, too young, too weak, too inexperienced. The battle was too big, with an enemy that was too scary, and a victory that was too impossible. But David remembered one thing, the only thing that mattered—God. God was big enough, strong enough, and had a reputation far above Goliath’s. David had already seen God defeat a lion and a bear, and though the enemy was different this time, God was the same.
Isn’t it true that life often feels like a battle against a giant warrior enemy? Maybe you are in a fight right now, and the opposition you face is too big, too dark, too much. You may feel like the Israelites, paralyzed in fear or succumbed to defeat. But remember, God is with you. He is on your side, and he fights for you. Remember the truth in Romans 8:31, that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” You can face whatever opposition, regardless of how strong, with full confidence that God is and always will be stronger.
Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to remember our victory in Christ, even when we feel the most defeated. Memorize Romans 8:31 this week.
It’s easy to see David as a Bible character and forget that he was a real human with real fears and real insecurities. How does looking at David as a real human help you believe that God can give you the same confidence he had?