Recently God has been really pressing upon me the story of David and Goliath. I’ve heard the story growing up countless times from Sunday school to different sermons from pastors and leaders. I’ve read the account in scripture backwards and forwards. But God pointed something out to me in a different light from this well known, well documented, well talked about, well studied, and well publicized story that I had never seen, heard, or thought about before. And the revelation that I got is David’s response to what Goliath says to him. In this post I really want to hone in and focus upon this statement by David. This is what David said:
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV)
The first thing that David points out is that Goliath is coming at him. The truth of the matter is that, in life, the enemy is going to come against you. I don’t want to be the bearer of doom and gloom but you are going to have storms arise in your life. Like Steven Furtick said “Not everything in your life is going to be peaches and cream, some of it is going to be a rocky road.” In other words, there is going to be struggles. There is going to be hardships. There is going to be pain. Jesus said it this way in John 16:33 right before He went to the cross “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.” There is going to be things that come against you but Jesus has already given you the victory over it. As Perry Noble says “You are not fighting for victory but you are fighting from victory.” God has already provided the way out, you just have to walk through it. Which leads me to the next point.
Notice how David did not say to Goliath that I come at you with a sling and five smooth stones. But instead he says that I come at you in the name of the Lord. So many times we try to come against the storms in life in our own strength. We try to come at it with our education, wisdom, or own understanding. We try to come against it with our own finances, money, or resources. When we do this, the enemy is fighting solely against us. We are fighting on his level. We are trying to fight fire with fire. But when we come at our struggles, storms, and situations in the name of the Lord, they are not coming against us but are coming against God and that is a battle they’re going to lose. Look at what I think is one of the smartest and wisest Pharisees to ever live said when they were trying to stop Peter and John from preaching in the name of Jesus:
“Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:35-39 NIV)
Everyone who rose up in their own strength and power eventually died off; but Peter and John, who rose up in God’s strength and power, could not be stopped. This is why we see David charge after Goliath while everyone else shrunk back. This why David stood up while everyone else was hiding. Because David’s confidence was not found in a sling and stones, but his confidence was found in the Lord. David didn’t rest in his own strength, his own abilities, his own power; but he rested in the strength, power, and might of God.
So when the storm rises and the waves come crashing against you, no longer come at it in your own power but come at in the safeness, security, and confidence that’s only found in the Lord. Don’t shrink back but put your head down, put your hand to the plow, and charge forward being fully persuaded that the Lord is on your side.