By Michka White Raven" Grant
Human hand breaking brick wall. Strength and power
Once the issue of facing our Goliath, realizing what it is and realizing that we’ve had a solution to our problem in our face the whole time, the problem can be resolved. Sometimes, the easiest solution is the least obvious...not to mention the scariest. We feel that there is no possible way for it to work in our favor. But we have the opportunity to give it a chance.
Saul was given the same opportunity when approached by young David. And one of the most popular stories in the Bible comes to a conclusion....
1 Samuel 17:33-51 (New International Version)
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “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. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
And so the Philistine is slain! Who would have thought that a young lad without the assistance of training or armor could slay the mammoth man, Goliath? Two acts...a rock from a sling-shot to the forehead and a single cut from a sword. The deed was done and the battle was won. The looks of astonishment alone in the faces of all observing would have been a classic Kodak moment for the ages!
All kidding aside, when we have loaded ourselves down with pride, we have trouble seeing that there is such an easy solution to a massive problem. It may not always be easy, but manageable. As it is said that God/Creator will never give us anything we cannot handle. There is always a solution or a resolution to a problem. This is not to say that God’s/Creator’s hand is going to come down and save us from our Goliaths every time. There may be times that God cannot save us from our Goliaths, but these are usually the times that those we leave behind can. And it is from our failures that they are able to resolve the problem. Failure is such a negative word and seems to put people in worse situations because they do not take it as a learning experience. But that’s for a different journal....
As mentioned in the previous post, Saul and his army were facing a brick wall with Goliath standing at the head of the Philistine army. As with all brick walls, if you remove the right brick, you can bring the wall crashing down. Many times, it only takes one brick. Other times it might take a few, but with persistence and faith it can be moved. As long as we don’t let our fears prevent us from accomplishing this, and we have the faith that God will be with us the battle can be won.
Many of you will read this and think, “What about when our Goliath is our child dying from a disease?” “What about when Goliath is being trapped in a mine shaft for 62 days?” “What about the Goliath of losing our home because we lost our jobs or our hours were cut?” The comments like, “yeah right” and “Well, if God were so powerful,” do nothing but hold us back from accomplishing whatever lesson we are supposed to learn from the Goliath we face. “Bad times” we go through in life are mere lessons for us to learn or be the teachers of.
There is a belief among many that God/Creator has a reason for every season, every problem we face, every experience we have. And when we come across a Goliath, if we can recognize the David that we are sent, there’s not much we can’t accomplish! It won’t be an easy journey. May not be without pain. Yet in the end we can watch the Philistines run from our inner armies and feel satisfaction in our accomplishment. See that with faith, hope, understanding, humility, and strength in God/Creator, the result has more impact than if we had just stayed on the sidelines trembling in fear.
Blessings to you and may you climb the rope out of the black hole, remove the brick that brings the wall crashing down, slay your Goliaths.