Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
1 Samuel 17:(1a , 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
Theme: Walking In Victory
Message: Facing Goliaths of Life
The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the best known in Scripture. It excites our imagination as a little guy; David faces a huge, powerful giant, Goliath, with only a rag and rock and wins! I believe it excites most people because we all seem to enjoy stories in which the underdog comes out on top. I believe another reason maybe, that we all have “giants” to face in life–seemingly insurmountable problems. The giants we face maybe an addiction (alcohol, illicit drugs, sex); or maybe it’s a situation (job loss, mate unfaithful, sickness, children). It is reassuring to know our God is able to take care of stuff like that!
Haddon Robinson said, “In any situation, what you ARE determines what you see, what you SEE determines what you DO.” Keep that in mind as we study 1 Samuel 17.
One writer says, “Perspective is everything!” In 1 Samuel 17, the two views of Goliath are revealed and two responses that need to be considered. (1) As the nation of Israel was facing Goliath, the king, his mighty men and his foot soldiers were paralyzed by fear at the sight of Goliath. Goliath was simply too big, too strong, and too frightening to face. It was hopeless! The limited view of these faithless men brought on fearful hearts which resulted in domination by their enemy. They simply hid in fear!
David saw the same giant but from a different perspective. David saw Goliath as an enemy of God and an enemy of the State, who was standing on shaky ground in defiance of a Holy God. David had an unlimited view of the faithfulness of God which brought about courage that resulted in totally domination of the enemy. David courageously attacked Goliath with faith in the name of the Lord! Goliath was too big to miss!
“Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” F.B. Meyer
APPLICATION: Let us notice the steps David took to defeat this giant, the same steps you and I can use to gain the victory from the Lord when “Facing Goliaths of Life.”David made some choices.
1) David ignored the doubts expressed by the faithless around him, 17:33.
2) David remembered his past experiences with God who is able, 17:34-37.
3) David forsook the fleshly means (Saul’s Armor, etc.)Which have not been proven of value in favor of the God-proved, shepherd’s armor he had proven many times, 17:38-40.
4) David acted boldly in faith as he faced his intimidating circumstances, 17:43-47.
Facing giants can be an intimidating experience, but we cannot allow the fear of other to dictate the actions of the faithful. Fighting a battle with a giant can be a lonely experience, but the truth is, we are not alone. The force which stabilizes the believer in face of intimidation and isolation is our faith in God, our trust in God. Trusting God completely is a stabilizing experience. There are some giants that must be faced and conquered. The victory can be and will be a memorable experience. Our great victory will be for the glory of God and encouragement for God’s people. As soon as Goliath had been defeated, the army of Israel was released and set free to pursue their enemy and experience victory for themselves. To God be the Glory!
Illustration: FAITH –One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy protested, “Daddy, I can’t see you.” The father replied, “But I can see you and that’s all that matters.”
Music: The Storm in Passing Over, Charles Albert Tindley; Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe; It is Well with My Soul, Horatio G. Spafford,
Holy God, our heavenly Father, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness and divine strength. Strengthen anew our hope in you as a God who is able, and grant the courage to face the Goliaths of our lives that all your people experience encouragement, renewed hope and faith for the future. Lead us to complete victories that will bring glory and honor to you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray, Amen.