Saul was the King of Israel, God’s chosen people. The Philistine army had gathered themselves together to make war with Israel. The armies camped on opposite sides of a very steep valley, each waiting for the other to attack.
The Philistines had a giant of a man who was over nine feet tall. Everyone was petrified of him. He would come out each day for forty days dressed in his full armor and mocked the Israelites. He challenged them to come and fight. The Israelite army was afraid of this big man and fear spread through the army about his challenge.
A man named Jesse had several sons and some were in the army of the Israelites. Jesse was worried about them. He sent his youngest son named David out to the army to see if they were well. His father told him to find out how they were, then come home and give him the news.
David did as his father asked. While he was checking on his brothers at the battlefield, he heard everyone talking about Goliath. He heard the fear in all of their voices. Then he heard Goliath come out and shout to the terrified army of Israel.
“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?” David asked.
David was not afraid and asked King Saul to allow him to fight Goliath. King Saul was the tallest man in Israel and he thought David was much too young to go into battle. He felt he was too inexperienced, and didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He refused but David kept pleading with him.
Finally the king agreed to let David fight Goliath but he wanted him to wear Israel’s finest armor. Since David had never been in an army and was only a shepherd boy, he was not familiar with such heavy armor. He felt it would be too heavy and only get in his way. He only wanted to dress in his simple clothing, carry his shepherd’s staff, his slingshot and a pouch full of stones. He put his trust in God. He could see that Goliath was only a man who was defying the Almighty God. He knew in his heart God was on his side and would not fail him.
All eyes were locked upon David as he walked out to meet the mighty giant. Goliath shouted at him with nasty insults. He cursed him saying, “Oh who is this little boy that the great King Saul is sending out. Everyone is afraid to come and fight so they send a boy instead of a man?” He ranted.
David shouted to Goliath, “You come against me with sword, spear and javelin. I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s. He will give all of you into our hands.”
Goliath’s body lunged forth moving towards David. He would show all the armies that no one could beat him. David reached into his leather pouch and picked out a smooth round stone. His eyes were fixed on the giant’s forehead. He raised his hand and began to make a circular motion with his slingshot. Around and around it went finally slinging the stone right into the only hole in the giant’s helmet. The stone buried itself into Goliath’s head and he fell down on the ground. David walked up to the mighty man and took his sword out of his hand. He killed him and cut off his head.
The Philistine army saw that Goliath was dead and began to run away. They felt they could not beat the army of Israel without Goliath. The army of Israel chased them and killed them just as David has spoken. They invaded their camps and captured all of their weapons for themselves.
Taken from 1 Samuel Chapter 17
It is not the size of a person but the size of the heart of the person. Fear is not of God but of Satan. When a person is afraid they cannot perform like God wants them to perform. When a person has faith in God fear will be driven away. If you are in the dark, talk to the Son(Jesus Christ). He alone can save the soul of man.
We don’t have to worry about what others think but only what God thinks!!! What He thinks is written in His word.
God spoke the world into existence. Words when spoken become a literal force just like God’s words when His words created the world. Remember to think before you speak!
Question: What happens when fear takes over our bodies and minds?
Written by Sybil Shearin
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