1 Samuel 17 shares a story of battle between the Philistine army and Israel. There was a giant in the Philistine army named Goliath, and his features are detailed in verses 4-7. Goliath, a strong champion, challenges the Israelite Army in verses 8-9:
“He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, “Why do you come out to draw up in battle array? Am I not the Philistine and you servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.”
The Israelites were struck with fear, stationed on the sidelines for forty days as Goliath approached them for a challenger.
Let me pause for a moment and have you ask yourself these questions:
What is MY Goliath?
What is mastering my marriage?
When huge giants (trials, people, things, etc.) haunt me, do I stand on the sidelines in fear?
The story continues with a father, Jesse, who has three sons in the Israelite Army and his youngest, David, at home tending to his flock. Eventually Jesse commands David to go to battle to bring cheese and bread and bring good news back about his brothers. David leaves quickly, and when he approaches the valley where the battle is taking place verse 22 says, “Then David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper, and ran to the battle line and entered in order to greet his brothers.”
Are we David, running to the battle line or are we like the Israelites, standing in fear of being defeated?
When David was greeting his brothers, Goliath approaches with his quest for a challenger. Verse 24 states, “When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid.”
How often do we flee from giants in our marriages, allowing fear to control our responses?
Verse 25 continues the story, “The men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who is coming up? Surely he is coming up to defy Israel. And it will be that the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.”
When David heard this he counted the cost. In marriage we can count the cost. Ask yourself, “What am I going to get out of marriage?” and “What good will come to me if I stand and fight for MY marriage?”
Verse 26, “Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes awaythe reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”
David’s question is still relevant for us today. Who or what are these giants who taunt US, the daughters of the LIVING GOD?
In verse 28 David’s brother gets angry and gets the Israelites in opposition to David, even though they are on the same side.
“Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.”
Sometimes opposition will rise against you; people who you love may stand in opposition. Even your own family can be negative. People will try and tell you to do “this” or “that.” How will you respond to them?
David’s words reached the King and he was sent for. David responds to King Saul in verse 32, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
When WE are faced with giants we need to NOT let our heart fail. Even amidst opposition we need to stand with GOD-CONFIDENCE! We need to protect our heart. When we face battles in marriage, we need to always trust God and FIGHT for it… “it” being our marriage:)
In verse 37 David reveals his GOD-CONFIDENCE,
“And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine ” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you.”
David overcame a lion and a bear while tending sheep, building his confidence to overcome Goliath. What is you “lion” or “bear”, a trial you overcame that builds your confidence in God to have VICTORY in greater battles?
Verses 38-39, “Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off.”
People are quick to give you their own advice, sometimes throwing their opinions onto you. It is very important that we test everything according to the Spirit of God. The greatest and most protective armor you could ever dress yourself with is the Armor of God(Ephesians 6:10-18).
David approaches Goliath with his stick and stones. Goliath continues to taunt David and David responds in verse 45,
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.”
We need to face our marriage and our “giants” WITH GOD! Just as David claims that he comes “in the name of the LORD of hosts,” we need to claim!
Verses 46-47 are so vital, “This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”