All of us have giants in our lives that try to intimidate us with big voices and large weapons. We don’t have to be big and strong to defeat them, though. We just have to have great hearts and a good relationship with God.
Read 1 Samuel 17.
How many of you remember the story of David and Goliath? The 12-year-old boy who defeats the mighty giant with just a small stone? It seemed like a miracle to those who were watching, but it is the type of thing we can do too. All we have to do is focus on the right things.
Even if you’ve heard this story before, there is often something new to be learned from hearing a good story. Listen.
David’s job was to take care of his family's flock of sheep. He liked to write music and poetry and sometimes when King Saul wasn't feeling well, he would go to the palace and play his harp for him. He was not a trained warrior or and educated scholar. He was not very big for his age and he didn't have a lot of experience yet, because he was still very young. He knew how to fight a giant, though.
When his people were being attacked by the Philistines, they were afraid and could not figure out how to defeat the giant they had brought with them, who was named Goliath. David had fought wild animals that had attacked his father's sheep and he also had a close relationship with God. He believed that God could do anything that He wanted to do. So, he asked the soldiers who were afraid of Goliath, why they had not done anything about the man who was trying to kill people who followed and believed in God.
Everyone was either angry with David or laughed at him, because he was just little a boy. Since the soldiers would not listen to him, David went to King Saul and offered to kill the giant. He didn't use the armor or weapons that the king gave him; he didn't try to be like somebody else. He just brought some smooth stones and his slingshot to the battle front and let God do the rest. He killed the giant with one stone in the middle of his forehead. On the first try. Must have been a miracle, right?
David was successful in killing the giant, for two reasons: 1. He was true to himself and used the defenses God gave him to defeat the giant, not defenses that someone else might use. 2. He did not do it to be a hero - he did it to protect his people and he obeyed God.
If we have a great heart for what we are doing and are doing it for the right reasons, like David was, there is no end to what we can do. Miracles happen all the time to people who are true to themselves and God.
Lord thank you for guiding us in all we do. Help us to do things for the right reasons and stay true to your teaching and to who we are. In your gracious name we pray, Amen.