Once we realize what our “Goliaths” are, we are faced with how to solve them. We can exhaust time contemplating various ways to find our solution. In the midst of our own dilemma, there are many times that the answer is in front of us the whole time. It can be a small thing that we just overlooked. Or someone whom we may overlook because of their size or “importance”. We might just take for granted that they might have the solution we need.
How many times in our lives have we shunned those who’ve offered us help when we were in trouble? How many times have we been presented with a solution and just ignored them because we thought it was a silly idea? Something that was so minute, so seemingly incapable of bridging the gap, or fighting our battle that we just pushed it to the side, ridiculed it.
That is the case in the next part of the story of the Philistine, Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:12-32 (New Living Translation)
Jesse Sends David to Saul’s Camp
12 Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons. 13 Jesse’s three oldest sons—Eliab, Abinadab, and Shimea—had already joined Saul’s army to fight the Philistines. 14 David was the youngest son. David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army, 15 but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.
16 For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.
17 One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. 18 And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” 19 David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.
20 So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. 21 Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.
24 As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. 25 “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes !”
26 David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”
27 And these men gave David the same reply. They said, “Yes, that is the reward for killing him.”
28 But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”
29 “What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!” 30 He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer . 31 Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.
David Kills Goliath
32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”
A young boy couldn’t possibly be what they were looking for to take down Goliath. To help them get to the Philistine army. He was an errand boy with no fighting experience, no muscle to take him down, no sword to swing. Nearly half Goliath’s height, he would certainly lose his life and his brother would be standing behind with the rest of the army thinking, “I was right. the fool wouldn’t listen to me.”
When we are faced with a problem that seems too big for us to handle, we can forget to notice the solution that is right in front of our eyes. It may seem to be the hardest decision we ever make, but the possibility that it’s the right one is at its highest. When we are so self-consumed in the face of diversity or controversy it can be blinding to the point of near defeat or losing the battle all together. But something happens, and we should keep our eyes open enough to see it when it comes. In Saul’s case, it was a small boy.
Our prayers are answered in much the same manner. We are expecting some vast miracle to deliver us from our problems, when in fact we are given the smallest step to take to get out of our black holes that we’ve fallen in. Then we can even be trapped by our pride that we will be able to manage. That one day we will be sent a magnificent sign to show us how to climb the slick walls of the hole. A small boy with enough courage, and maybe even a little “MacGyvering” to free us from the hole. To take a stand, and be the solution to the problem.
Who is it? What is it? What was overlooked when you were facing your Goliath in life that could’ve saved you or did save you? For, in my eyes, that was the Divine’s way of letting you know that there is a way out of every hole. The next time you find yourself falling deeper, take a look around. Is there something you might’ve missed? Something will come to you if you want it bad enough. Or even when you feel that you can do no more. When you’ve come to the end of your rope, watch for the opportunity that presents itself. Once you take the hand that’s offered, it helps you take a stand. Fights with you. And sometimes....
Sometimes you will win your battle with YOUR Goliath!