“Facing Your Giants With The Armor Of God” was the topic of this weeks Sunday School lesson. I teach a group of 5th-8th grade girls, but we can all take some cues from David.
David…the little boy with BIG FAITH! The boy who would be king.
When David crossed paths with Goliath of Gath, he was just a boy. Sent by his father to bring provisions for his brothers on the battle front.
As he left his father’s house with his bag of bread and cheese, he could not have imagined in his wildest dreams what this day would hold!
You see, David was a boy with seven big brothers.
Big brothers with important things to do. David was only the messenger boy. Tender of the sheep. Just doing as his father asked and going to check on his brothers.
While he was there in the camp, here comes big bully Goliath.
Nine feet, nine inches of hateful mocking defiance.
He held neither the Israelite army nor Yahweh in particularly high esteem.
David took it personally.
While he was aware of the big reward King Saul was offering to the man who could slay the Giant, David was more concerned about the reputation of his God.
His brothers thought he should stay out of it.
So did King Saul.
Saul said David was just a kid, and the Philistine Goliath a seasoned warrior.
But David was not to be deterred. He knew what God had helped him do before. He knew what God had the power to do again. With God’s help, David had fought and killed bears and lions. Why not this big ugly Philistine?
Except that Goliath was HUGE!
And that he wore a big bronze helmet and armor that weighed 125 pounds. Probably more than David himself weighed at the time!
Goliath carried a bronze sword and had spear shaft like a weaver’s beam. While I’m not too familiar with weaving, the spear shaft had to be pretty huge to hold up the 15 pound spear head at the end!
Plus, Goliath had his own personal shield-bearer to walk in front of him and protect him.
David had none of this. He couldn’t even wear the armor Saul offered. It was too heavy and he wasn’t used to it. Oh, but what he did have!
David had an amazing faith in the God of Israel! He faced this giant with just a sling and some stones.
He only needed the one stone, but he came prepared!
He knew He couldn’t do it in his own strength, but David had God-confidence!
So David killed the giant, and cut off his head for good measure.
And we can do the same with the giants that we face through the power of the same LIVING GOD!
We even have the Armor of God to help us! I mean, who needs a shield-bearer with God on your side?
Ephesians 6:10-18 (HCSB)
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.
11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.
13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
14 Stand, therefore,with truth like a belt around your waist,righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
What giants are you facing? Giants come in all kinds of packages.
Sickness, depression, loneliness.
Grief, anger, divorce.
Addiction, sin, pride.
Fear. Bitterness. Heartbreak.
All kinds of situations that are beyond our control. Or that come as a result of choices we ourselves made.
Life is not easy.
But God is good.
So we pick up our armor. And we march forward to fight another day.
The story of David and Goliath is found in 1 Chronicles 17.
Did the 5 stones David picked up to walk into battle have significance?
Perhaps the stones represented Faith, Obedience, Humility, Prayer and the Name of the Lord.
Or at least, they could.
- David had unwavering faith in the Lord.
The odds seemed stacked against him when he faced Goliath, but he knew that with God, nothing is impossible.
- David acted in obedience.
At this point in time, he had already been anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next King of Israel, chosen by God Himself.
But he was still obedient to his father, Jesse, making deliveries and carrying word from the battlefront.
Obedience put him in the right place at the right time.
When we are obedient to the Lord, He opens doors for us as well to put us in the right place at the right time.
- David acted in humility and was not too proud to serve others.
He was not above serving his father, his brothers, his king, his nation, and ultimately, his God.
Sound familiar? Jesus Himself served others!
Philippians 2:5-8 (HCSB)
Christ’s Humility and Exaltation
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.
7 Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
- David was a man of prayer.
He talked with God through every season and situation throughout his life, and the Bible describes him as “a man after God’s own heart”. (Acts 13:22)
Psalm 86 shows David’s fervency in prayer and his faith in God:
5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive,
rich in faithful love to all who call on You.
6 Lord, hear my prayer;
listen to my plea for mercy.
7 I call on You in the day of my distress,
for You will answer me.
8 Lord, there is no one like You among the gods,
and there are no works like Yours.
9 All the nations You have made
will come and bow down before You, Lord,
and will honor Your name.
10 For You are great and perform wonders;
You alone are God.
11 Teach me Your way, Yahweh,
and I will live by Your truth.
Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God,
and will honor Your name forever.
13 For Your faithful love for me is great,
and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.
14 God, arrogant people have attacked me;
a gang of ruthless men seeks my life.
They have no regard for You.
15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me.
Give Your strength to Your servant;
save the son of Your female servant.
17 Show me a sign of Your goodness;
my enemies will see and be put to shame
because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.
David also trusted in the Name of the Lord. (1 Samuel 17:45 HCSB)
David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies–you have defied Him.”
Then battle is the Lord’s. He will not leave you defenseless.
God has equipped you with all the armor you need. You have nothing to fear. So pick up your 5 stones.
Trust in Him and He will give you the strength to prevail against any giant that comes your way.
He does not always remove the giant from your path, but He does stand with you as you face your opponent.
If you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you have His Holy Spirit with you always.
God will never leave you nor forsake you. The battle is already won!