“The battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand”
(1 Samuel 17:47)
It was from across the Valley of Elah – which tourists can visit today – that Goliath, the bronze bomber of Gath, presented to God’s people what amounted ultimately to a spiritual challenge. Had Israel got a champion who could match this walking arsenal? Groan! There was no one….
The entrance of David – the home-based food carrier to his brothers on the front line – tells us that it only takes one adventurous person of obedient faith to halt the decline in a bad situation. This is a story of:
1. PREPARED FAITH. David’s offer to fight the giant sprang not from a self-promoting conceit, but from long experience with his sling in the open country, where he had learnt to defend his father’s sheep from every kind of adversity. And – just as you may need two serves when playing tennis – David selected five stones from the brook – just in case!
2. INFECTIOUS FAITH. Positive and negative attitudes stood in contrast that day. The Israelites looked at Goliath and said, “He’s so big – we can’t face him!” David’s attitude was, “He’s so big – I can’t miss him!” David was a symbol for his people that day. The nation never forgot him.
3. EVERYDAY FAITH. Here’s the kind of faith which colours all Christian history. Resources may not be big – BUT! Moses had only a stick, Jacob had only a stone – and David had only a catapult and a pebble. Yet, as has been said before: one - with God - is a majority.
Here’s a resolve: “Let me choose my company: I’d rather be WRONG with David – or the prophet Daniel, the apostle Paul or Mother Theresa, than be RIGHT with Goliath, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod or King John!