I find the story of David and Goliath in 1st Samuel 17 very interesting. For me it tells about the authenticity of God’s word in that “whatever He says cannot be undone by anything and anyone regardless of how hopeless the circumstance may be” and the need to tell a story the way God wants the story told because in its reveals simplicity of His awesomeness in the face of human impossibility; a Modus Operandi that reveals His involvement in every circumstance(No matter how hopeless and dire) from its inception to its expiration…Alpha and Omega; The beginning and the Ending…Indeed Evangelist and Song Writer Don Moen is right “God works in ways we cannot see”
View this story from the eyes and perspective of an ordinary Israelite in that era and time.
1st Samuel 17 starts by telling us that the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. So the enemies of Israel had gained entrance into the territory of Israel (Judah) and the Lord knew but did not stop them. In addition, their champion Warrior by name Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp to mock and dare the Israelites for days(precisely 40 days) to fight him in the Israelites territory and yet the Lord permitted it and did not restrain him. Goliath’s qualifications were quite impressive and perfect for the task at hand (war); His height was six cubits and a span, he had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels ; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. Note worthy is Goliath’s boost “Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” .
Now David on the other hands was tending to the flocks of his father whilst his three elder brothers were at the battle front but had not fought any battle yet. “So the Savior of Israel was tending to sheep whilst Israel was at the point of being destroyed”. This reminds me of Matthew 8:24 “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.”
Assuming you were an Israelite and you had a divine knowledge that David was the one to defeat Goliath And yet he was the most unqualified to fight and also tending to sheep unconcerned about the war, what will be your thoughts? Is it that of hope or hopelessness?
Assuming you were an Israelite without any divine knowledge of who will defeat Goliath, where will your choice of a worthy warrior come from? Naturally it will be from the Israelites Army but will you still be hopeful of a victory when you see the whole of the Israelite Army fear and retreat at the threats of just one Phillistine warrior?
Whether it is an illness or sickness, loss of job, loss of a loved one, depression, heart break, fear, lack of joy, God knows when it started coming towards you; God knows when it took over your life; God knows the damage it is causing you, God sees your tears and hurts; God hears every prayer you have made to Him but we thank God because we also should know that God loves us (John 3:16); ….. 1st John 4:19 We love because he first loved us; Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness; We know too that He has good plans for us…. Jeremiah 29:11-12 …For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”;
We know too that He always keeps His words and promises to us… Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Psalm 107:6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
God can never fail because with Him all things are possible… Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Don’t loose Hope, have Faith in God and read Part B of this article to see how God turns these around for good.