A preacher once asked his congregation, “Between David and Goliath, based on their qualifications, who would you choose to be your bodyguard?”
And, what were the qualifications?
Goliath was a champion who was nine feet tall. He carried the air and charisma of a military person, and, his entire armor (which weighed 5000 shekels) and javelin were made of bronze. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. Finally, he had a shield bearer that went ahead of him in battle. Even King Saul testified that Goliath had been a fighting man since his youth.
David, on the other hand, owned a sling, and a shepherd’s bag in which he carried his five stones to the war front. King Saul’s testimony? “You’re only a boy.” And so Saul dressed David up in his tunic and armor, but David wasn’t used to them, and so couldn’t use them.
Meanwhile, the king had named a prize for anyone who would defeat Goliath: “Your father’s (en ire) family will be exempted from paying taxes; you’ll marry the king’s daughter, and, finally, you’ll be given great wealth.” When David asked questions about what was going on, on the war front, his older brother, Eliab, accused him of being conceited and having a wicked heart. This, of course, offended David. King Saul heard David was interested in fighting Goliath, and that was when he sent for David. When Saul asked David if he was sure he wanted to fight Goliath, David professed that God who’d rescued him from the paws of the lion and the bear while he protected his sheep in the field, would also grant him victory against Goliath.
What lessons can we draw from all this?
- When there’s something great to be achieved and more than one person is involved, there’s bound to be some politics in tackling the matter. Prizes will be named and promises made. You’re going to have to decide for yourself the reason you’ll step out to face the adversary—the earthly prize mentioned before you, or because you believe God has called you to that victory. David said, “The Lord will grant me victory against this uncircumcised philistine who’s defying the army of the living God.” David may have asked questions about what the King said, but the Bible made it clear he was offended in God’s behalf.
- In answer to the preacher’s question, logically, Goliath appeared more qualified. Also, between the two, Goliath, with his experience as a fighting man, looked the probable winner. But God had qualified David in another way by training him to fight lions and bears as he shepherded his sheep. While Goliath may have become a champion by killing thousands of men throughout his military career, David had been trained to kill lions and bears. This is no joke. A person trained this way will likely be unafraid to take on a human being, even one that’s nine feet tall, so you can understand David’s bravery. God will NEVER let you face an adversary that He hasn’t adequately prepared you to conquer (not just fight). If you’re not conquering your personal adversary, you probably aren’t paying attention to what God is teaching you. And until you do, you can’t overcome and move forward to the next level. You’ll remain stuck.
- Just as God has adequately prepared you, He’s also adequately EQUIPPED you. You do NOT have to “put on” anyone’s armor or let anyone dress you in theirs. In other words, you do not have to look like anyone, act like anyone, or be like anyone to succeed. There’s only one you, and you’re not a counterfeit. Your experiences in life may be similar to that of other people, but your journey as an individual is absolutely unique to you. David knew he didn’t need King Saul’s armory. It also didn’t matter that his adversary, Goliath, had an armor made of bronze. So what if Goliath and everyone else in Philistine and Israel’s army had armor except him? He knew God had supplied and trained him with a sling and five stones; in the end, that sling and one stone was exactly what he used to gain his victory. Lesson? LEARN to use what God has put in your hands.
- It’s extremely imperative not to despise a meager beginning. David started with a sling and stone, but he eventually graduated to a sword. There’s time for everything. God may require you to use a “sling” today, probably because He wants to teach you a lesson of great faith: the battle is the Lord’s, and so whatever victory you get is delivered to you by Him. You are nothing without God. When you learn this from your beginning, and stay with it, God will take you to greater heights.
- When God calls you to step out and do something “crazy” that will change the world forever—something no one else would dare venture into—don’t be surprised when the person/people that turn against you are the ones you trust the most. It doesn’t matter how religious they sound, look, or how “wise” they are. Paying attention to them will destroy your destiny and ruin your vision. Eliab accused David of being wicked and conceited, when in fact, God had rejected Eliab and the rest of his brothers when Prophet Samuel came to anoint David as King some time back, because God had looked into their hearts, and only David’s pleased Him. You are who God has called you to be. No one else gets to decide against that and prevail. David took offense at Eliab’s words and continued his investigation until it eventually led him to King Saul. Do whatever it is God has put on your heart to do, until you find yourself on the path God intends you to take.
- Age wasn’t and will NEVER be a barrier to anyone God has chosen. Saul testified that David was just a boy. Goliath did the same and even despised him for it, cursing him in the name of his gods and vowing to feed his flesh to the birds of the air. Apostle Paul addressed Timothy, telling him not to let anyone “despise him because of his youth,” but that he should step forward and set an example for the people that he led. This was what David did, too. He set the example by stepping forward to fight and defeat Goliath. Only then did the rest of Israel’s army stand to fight and defeat the Philistines. This, too, is Samuel’s story. God called him to be a prophet while he was still a boy. There’s also the other side to the age factor—that you’re much older won’t stop God from giving you a calling. He called Moses at the age of eighty, and gave him forty extra years to live out his destiny. In fact, if he hadn’t disobeyed God by striking the rock, he’d have lived much longer to enjoy the Promised Land. Also, Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born, enabling him to fulfill his destiny as the one who’d be the father of many nations. My point? Age is not a barrier to God whether young or old. It shouldn’t be a barrier to you as long as He enables you.
I hope with these, you can understand why there’s politics, even in our minds, that affects our everyday lives. It’s very important that you view issues from the spiritual, and not the flesh. Otherwise, you’ll lose.
“For the righteous shall live by faith.” – Rom 1:17d
About this Contributor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it!