Posted: November 15, 2016
Heard of David and Goliath? It’s one of my favorite Bible stories with so many good things packed into it. If you’ve never read it, check it out here.
We know that David was a young shepherd boy, who ended up defeating the giant (Goliath) from the Philistine army by killing him with a stone and a slingshot. Pretty cool, right?
But do you know what David did before he slung the stone and killed Goliath?
He spoke to him.
That’s right, he spoke to his enemy who was right in front of him, mocking him, threatening him and trying to frighten him. Before ever lifting up his physical weapon, he spoke.
But David didn’t use his words to boast about his baller slingshot skills, or that he’d killed bears and lions before. He didn’t boast about himself, but he boasted in His God!
He declared that His God was the one who would conquer Goliath! He declared that conquering Goliath was not for his own glory, but so that the whole world would know about his mighty, awesome, all-powerful God.
Now scripture doesn’t say this, but I wonder how much of David’s victory over Goliath started with his words. Because he spoke the truth of who God is, and came boasting only in the strength of the Lord, perhaps that was the starting point toward victory.
Are your words moving you toward victory in Christ?
“David replied to [Goliath], ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!’”
- 1 Samuel 17:45-46 NLT
Lord, thank you that you are mighty and powerful. Help me to be like David and to speak boldly in faith, boasting in your victory, not my own. In Jesus’ name, amen.