David and Goliath
One of the greatest examples of courage and faith in the scriptures is the story of
David and Goliath. Most of us learned this story as children. We cheered when David
slung his stone. We sang songs of David’s victory. We wanted to be just like that child
warrior. As we grew older, those childhood dreams disappeared. As we grew older we
considered ourselves “wiser” and often discarded such stories and left them for the
children and their Sunday Bible class lessons. What we fail to realize is that God gave
those stories to teach adults and not merely entertain children of the 20 th and 21st
We can read in I Sam. 17:4 that Goliath stood a monstrous “6 cubits and a
span.” Depending on whose measurement chart you are using, Goliath stood between
9’4” and 10’4”. His scale armor weighed about 125 lbs. His spear’s head alone
weighed about 18 lbs. This must have been an overwhelmingly frightening sight. Since
most men stood around 5’7” and Saul himself was likely just 6’ tall Goliath would have
easily dwarfed the Israelites. Goliath today would make our basketball stars like small.
He was a warrior from youth and certainly he seemed impossible to defeat in a one on
We today have our own Goliaths. We look across the “battlefield” and see an
insurmountable task laid before us. Certainly we can not be successful. Some of these
Goliaths are personal, others are collective. It is the collective Goliath of personal
evangelism I call your attention toward. We often look at that insurmountable task of
preaching the gospel to the whole world and become paralyzed. We need to be less
like Israel and its armies and more like David. It doesn’t take an army to take Goliath
down, it can simply be one, placing his trust into God.
The Victory is the Lord’s
“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear:
for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands (I Sam. 14:47).” This
statement of faith is the key to David’s victory. He did not go to battle with master tools,
such as a sword or spear. He did not go into battle with any man made armor. He went
into battle armed with a sling, five smooth stones, and God against a giant of a man, a
skilled warrior, armed with a sword, an 18 lb spear, and 125 lb scale armor. As far as
the eye could see it was little wonder why Goliath responded the way he did. “Come to
me and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field (I Sam.
17:44).” When David slew Goliath it left only one explanation; the victory was God’s!
Evangelism is just the same. We do not go to war armed with massive spears,
heavy armor or years of worldly experience. We go into battle with God and that is
more than enough. We must remember as Paul wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but
God gives the increase (I Cor. 3:6).” Perhaps we often fail at evangelism because we
fail to understand the significance of this fact; David KNEW God would be victorious.
Do we have that same conviction?
God With Him
God had already shown David that he was not alone; that God was with him.
David was wise enough to see that his past experiences with the lion and the bear were
successful only because God was with him. As David stood before Goliath, he could go
into battle knowing that God would continue to be with him. He knew God would again
be victorious and the God’s glory would be seen.
We too need to know that God is with us. Perhaps, if we could pray that the Lord
open our eyes as Elisha did for the young man in II Kings 6:17 “And Elisha prayed,
and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened
the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” Then maybe we could understand we are not
standing alone. God has promised the faithfully obedient Christian that He; the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit, would be with him (I John 4:15; Eph. 3:17; Rom. 8).
Did David trust in God? Without a doubt. Did he believe the victory would
belong to God alone? Yes. Did he let God do all the work? Certainly not. He took
initiative and took Goliath’s challenge. He took his sling. He gathered five smooth
stones (which were the best for slinging). He used his sling/ He did not aim blindly. He
ran to the fallen giant. He took Goliath’s sword and severed his head. David certainly
worked while obtaining victory for the Lord.
God uses active vessels, not lazy ones. All to often we think the church is more
like a modern day hospital as opposed to a doctor of years gone by. As a hospital, we
can post signs, have a known location, and an easy access to all the sick who desire to
enter in. We need to be more like the doctor’s of times past. He would make house
calls. The doctor went to the sick! Sure, we can read of multitudes of people coming to
Christ. But we don’t read of how he remained in Galilee or Jerusalem. But we do read
of him calling others. He told one such group, “I’ll make your fisher’s of men.” I don’t
know about you, but I have never seen fish lining up on the river bank waiting to be
taken. Fishermen have to go and seek them. They have to labor to get them.