Subtitle: Somebody is not afraid! Text: 1Samuel 17:34-36
1 Samuel 17 is a well-known chapter in the Bible; it gives a detailed account of an encounter between the army of Israel and their opponent the Philistines.
The Philistine army had a giant warrior called Goliath who taunted the Israelite troops for forty days, morning and evening he threatened them with these words “…I am the Philistine champion but you are only the servants of Saul, choose one man to come down here and fight me; if he kills me, then we will be your slaves but if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today; send a man who will fight me”!
Verse 11 tells us that “…When Saul and the Israelites heard his words; they were terrified and deeply shaken”
No one in the entire camp of the Israelites was brave enough to take up Goliath’s challenge, in fact verse 24 states further “As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright”
Naturally, people are afraid of the things they cannot control but 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and self-discipline”
We see this verse of scripture at work in the life of David the youngest son of Jesse whose brothers were a part of Saul’s army.
One day, Jesse sent David to deliver some food to his brothers; when the young boy arrived at the camp and heard the threatening words of Goliath, he boldly declared “…I take care of my father’s sheep and when a lion or bear comes to attack the flock, I protect them; if the animal turns on me, I club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears and I will do it to this pagan Philistine who has defied the armies of the living God”! (V34-36)
David understood that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel was a covenant keeping God and the Lord who rescued him from the claws of the lion and bear would empower him to defeat Goliath.
Believers, if God has ever delivered you before, be assured that He will do it again!
To David, Goliath was an uncircumcised Philistine who was not in covenant with God; this young man’s weapons of warfare were unusual as revealed in verses 45-49.
The word of God produced aggressive faith in the lame man and within the heart of Paul!
David defeated this giant in the name of the Lord of the heaven’s!
The name of Jesus is very lethal and powerful; at the mention of His name every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Philippians 2:10-11
It is therefore time to stop being afraid and move forward with aggressive faith; the Lord will deliver you from everything that represents Goliath in your life!
Pastor G Ferguson.