“And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:47
Most everyone loves rooting for the underdog. Whether it’s the team no one expected to be playing for the National Championship, or the NASCAR driver who makes a come-from-behind win to take the checkered flag, we all love to cheer for the one least expected to win.
Such was the case for David as he stepped out of the crowd to take on the giant. Aside from the story of Jesus’ birth, the story of “David and Goliath” has to be one of the most popular and well-known stories in all of the Bible. It seems no matter how many times I’ve read it, I feel like I’m right there cheering David on. There are many lessons and parallels to be learned from this incredible story, but here are three quick takeaways that popped out at me, things we can all learn as we face the giants of life.
Number one, we have a covenant with God. When David asked the question, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who defies the Army of the Living God?” he was making reference to the covenant that he knew existed between God and Israel. This covenant was bore out as a sign on every Hebrew man through circumcision, and David knew that because of the covenant God had with Israel, this giant was no match. As such, we also have a covenant with God through the finished work of Jesus.
Number two, David knew he had history with God. No, he had never faced a giant quite like this before, but God had given David numerous victories over the lions and bears that had attacked the sheep under his care. How many victories can you recall that God has given you in your own life? If you think about it long enough, I’m sure you’ll recall plenty. And you can know that if God has done it before, He can do it again.
Number three, David picked up five smooth stones. Five is the number of God’s grace and favor. David knew that he had the favor of God on his side and the same holds true for you and me today. God has given us his grace and favor, making us victorious regardless of the foe.
Today, know that no matter what giant you may be facing, God is on your side and therefore you have the victory in and through Him!