David, The Epic Victory Tool
Posted: Tuesday, May 15
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
Verse of the Day:
And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:47)
David and Goliath, a classic! The underdog, the runt of the pack, the epic comeback that rushes pride inside our hearts! We love that type of storytelling! We see it over and over again, so much so that it’s beyond predictable in most plots. While it’s true that David was the one who threw the final blow to Goliath’s forehead with a simple sling and stone, the respective credit doesn’t go to David. This is God’s glory tale.
For whatever reason, God chooses to use people to do a lot of the work on Earth. God could have conveniently sent a thunderbolt from Heaven to split Goliath in two, or commissioned an army of angels to effortlessly terminate the Philistine champion. But He chose to hold back and let the Israelites formulate their own plan of attack.
Why doesn’t God just intervene in moments where the answer is black and white? Of course it was God’s will for the Israelites to defeat the corrupted culture of the Philistines so why didn’t He just do it? Paul gives us the answer decades later in 1 Corinthians 1:27, “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” Two verses later Paul explains even more, “As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
God is always in control and yet in all of His omnipotence, He gives us free will to choose our own path. God loves to use us to do epic, incredible things but all with the intent to bring glory back to Him. The story of David and Goliath is jam packed with powerful truths that will help us become who God created us to be and serve Him faithfully, but it’s ultimately a story that makes God look awesome. David had courage, guts, faith, and talents, but this story isn’t about Him, just like our life story isn’t about us. Everything we choose to do will either be done to make ourselves look awesome, which won’t last, or make God out to be the God is really is.