July 19, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Sue Yi, Gracepoint Berkeley

Compare Goliath’s description in vv. 4-6 with how David sees him in v. 26.  What did David ignore, and what factors did David find significant?

Goliath’s description was very impressive: Over nine feet tall; bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves and a bronze javelin was slung; his spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels; he also had  a shield bearer who went ahead of him.

However, what David saw was as an uncircumcised Philistine that was defying the armies of the living God. David ignored the outer appearance of Goliath’s height, build and strength. He ignored all the impressive accessories made out of bronze that Goliath had on him; he ignored the shield bearer who went ahead of him. He did not see Goliath in the ways that others saw him and was intimidated by. David merely saw him as one who was defying the armies of the living God. He was concerned with removing the disgrace from Israel.

What is my response to people of the world who are impressive in their abilities or accomplishments?

It is easy to feel intimidated by those that are accomplished in the world. People that have fame, wealth, status and even attractive appearance is something that can be seemingly impressive. It is easy to back away from these people and look for those that seem needier and broken that seem “ready” for the gospel. However, my response cannot be intimidation or backing away because of how one appears. David’s response was challenging because he did not allow what he saw on the exterior to back away from standing up to Goliath. He did not even consider what all the others saw and felt intimated and fearful about. As a Christian and as a leader, I need to have the same outlook that David had on Goliath. There are so many seemingly Goliaths that are around. So many intimidating people, fearful situation but as one who has been saved and has experienced the life giving power of the gospel, I cannot be intimidated by ppl and situations that I see. David’s courage came because he had  faith in God and he as he was most concerned about God’s honor that is what needs to give me the same courage as I minister to people and as I face the “goliath’s” in my life.

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