Cutting Giants Down to Size
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
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Numbers 13:33; I Samuel chapter 17
The Philistines were grinning with self-assured smugness. They saw no way they could lose. Saul, who once had fought valiantly in the Name of the Lord of Hosts, was too scared to take up their challenge himself, as were all his men. There were daily skirmishes in the valley between the two opposing armies, whose camps were situated on opposing hills. But no decisive victory was being won by either side. But it was only a matter of time, the Philistines thought, before Israel would give up completely. How could the powerful Philistines, with their superior technology, possibly be defeated?
So confident were those heathens that they got to slinging crass insults at the Israelites and making fun of the Holy One of Israel. Now, isn’t that just like the devil?
The psychological warfare being waged against the Israelites was wearing King Saul down. This man been told by My prophet Samuel that I would no longer be with him to fight his battles, and he would soon be deposed as king. This happened to Saul because of his stubborn disobedience and rebellion against My expressly revealed will. Sin will rob a saint of holy boldness in the face of any enemy. The vision of such a one becomes distorted. Then the problem appears much greater than the Lord.
Something had to be done to dispel any lingering doubt that the Philistines were invincible. This was their challenge to the men of Israel: “We’ll make it easy on you,” they said. “Instead of prolonging the bloodshed, let’s solve the problem this way: Let each army send its champion down into the valley. Then they’ll fight each other till one of them dies. If your man kills our man, we’ll serve you. If our man kills your man, you’ll be our slaves.” How reasonable the devil always seems to be. He is such a crafty deceiver.
But the Israelites had seen the size of Goliath. Their already low morale had plummeted to zero. Not a single man had the guts to go down to the valley to do battle in My Name. Goliath was a thick-set, brawny giant nearly ten feet tall, encased in a massive coat of armor. His spear tip alone weighed some fifteen pounds.
King Saul, a man once admired for his great bravery and tall stature, sat trembling in his tent. Having lost the favor and the anointing of the Lord, he was in no position to encourage his men to believe in their God and take up the challenge. He even offered temptng rewards to any man who would go kill Goliath and restore Israel’s honor. But there were no takers. Without faith in My might, any challenger Saul could have sent against Goliath would have been killed, and the people of Israel would have remained under the tyranny of the Philistines, enslaved by them.
Forty days went by. Still no takers. A young shepherd boy came to the Israelite camp to deliver food to his elder brothers who were in the army. He overheard the loud boasting of the big noisy braggart, and was incensed that no one would go kill the one who was insulting the Nation of Israel and her God.
Without hesitation David offered to do it himself, small though he was. By faith, he considered not his own diminutive size in the face of such a powerful giant. He considered only the victories I had already given him in so many other dangerous situations. Through the eyes of faith, he saw only the size of the God he served. He refused to wear King Saul’s armor, relying solely upon the protection of My Presence.
The anointing which I had placed upon little David not only enabled him to defeat the Philistine, but dispelled the spirit of fear hobbling the Israelite soldiers. Through the godly example of their future king, they were greatly strengthened in their hearts, so that they completely routed the enemy.
By faith, David had already won before he even cast the stone at the giant.