In 1 Samuel 17: 1-44 we read about the time of war between the Israelites and the Philistines. Both armies are standing on opposite hills ready to engage in battle. Every day the Philistine army sends out their champion warrior, Goliath. Everyday this prized champion sends forth a challenge to the Israeli army that echoes across the valley;
“Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.”1 Samuel 17:8b-9
Goliath the “Mean-Fighting-Machine” is known and feared for his size and strength. He is the champion. The one everyone dreams of defeating, but dares not step into the ring with. Who will become his next victim?
The day of the Super-Heavyweight Final has arrived, and the stakes are high. Will the Israelites become enslaved to the Philistines? Who will accept Goliath’s challenge?
The champ is fully decked out with his state-of-the-art armor and weapons. His very presence intimidates everyone. In fact, as they take one look at Goliath they all run and hide. He wants to fight one-on-one. He has complete confidence in his size and skill and knows he will conquer whoever steps forward. He is ready and waits for a striking battle. Who will fight Goliath?
He becomes angry when he sees who the Israelites send out to fight him. Before him stands a young shepherd boy. He walks the fields with the lambs and the sheep. What does he know about fighting? Now, this is the size mismatch of all time. He can just see the headlines now; “Champion Giant Slaughters Shepherd Boy”. What a disappointing fight this will be for his spectators and utterly unfair for the young boy. He lets out a disgusted howl towards David, “Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?” (See 1 Samuel 17:43).
But never-the-less he will fight. He tries to intimidate the young boy with his trash-talk and threatens away, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.” (See 1 Samuel 17:44).
Perhaps, you are in a raging battle with Goliath. Learn from David’s example of fearlessness and overcome satan’s trash talk and intimidation.
Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe, Greater Than Magic and, soon to be released, The Healing Creed. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.