While his older brothers served King Saul in the armies of Israel, the shepherd boy David tended sheep in Bethlehem’s hills. David’s father sent food for the brothers by David and when he arrived, Israel’s army was hunkered down in fear of the opposing Philistine forces taunting from positions nearby.
Mocking, the enemy issued a challenge. Giant-sized warrior Goliath and one Israelite soldier would meet one-on-one and the winner of the contest (and his army) would be the outright victor over the other. Given the challenge, David the firebrand accepted, incredulous no one else had, and this is where we pick up the story.
The enemy Philistine confidently made his move. David the boy shepherd responded, running quickly toward Goliath. Prepared for this mortal combat with only a staff, a sling and five smooth stones, David made his move. One stone from the bag . . . into the sling . . . ready, aim, release! The stone found its mark, deep in Goliath’s forehead and the giant-of-a-man came down, face first. Using the giant’s own sword, the boy finished him off. David triumphed, giving the victory to Israel’s army and the cruel, relentless Philistines turned in retreat. With a mighty shout the Israelites surged forward, pursuing the enemy straight to their base camp, plundering all the way there and all the way back! Finally, David took possession of the victory – Goliath’s head goes to Jerusalem for display and the plunder of weapons to his personal tent.
We should do as David did!
Every challenge to our covenant with God should be answered decisively and we should continue decisively against every threat, including its source, until everything in that camp is plundered, the challenger marked for destruction and the source of trouble evicted.
Resist the enemy and continue to resist.
Don’t stop. Don’t resist and then back off as though each battle is isolated; battles are connected, not isolated. An enemy allowed uncontested retreat will return again more forcefully. Also bring an end to patterns that engage the same battle over and over again. Do as David did! Stop patterns of threat with fearless zeal and godly conviction.
You will recover all.
1 Samuel 17:48-58