“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14 NIV
The story of David and Goliath is told in 1 Samuel 17 and it’s a fascinating one. A seasoned warrior is defeated by a young boy wielding a slingshot. And if that isn’t amazing enough, the fallen warrior was a giant!
David had three older brothers in Saul’s army, so Jesse, his father, sent him to bring supplies and to get news from them. During one visit, David heard the Philistine giant taunting the Israelite army.
Goliath demanded a battle on his terms: one and one. No one in the army wanted to fight this giant, so when young David offered to take on the challenge, word got back to Saul.
Wear the Right Gear
Saul was understandably excited to have David take on the giant who had terrified his army. But he knew that men didn’t go into battle unless they had the right gear.
He outfitted David to match the giant’s battle gear in a bronze helmet, armor, coat of mail and gave him a sword. But when David tried to walk, he couldn’t move. Poor David!
He had been outfitted in the gear of a grown man when he was only a boy. I imagine he may have looked a little like a child playing dress-up in someone else’s clothes. I love what David said next,
“I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” (1 Samuel 17:39 NKJV)
David knew he would not be successful going into battle in someone else’s armor.
Test Your Weapons
He stuck with what he knew: his shepherd’s garb, bag, stones, and a sling. These were weapons he had tested.
He knew the weight of them. He knew how to use them. He knew their capabilities. He knew how far he needed to be from an enemy and what angle he needed to come at to have victory.
But even more important than these physical things, David knew the power of his words and his God.
David didn’t go into the battle talking smack. He went in speaking victory and in the name of his God. The weapons that David brought into the battle with Goliath were ones he’d already tested multiple times.
My friend, have you tested your weapons? God has given us His Word as a mighty weapon capable of tearing down strongholds and defeating the enemy (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). He has promised to fight the battles on our behalf if we only allow Him to take control (Exodus 14:14).
We’re all involved in a spiritual battle. Each of us has an area in which we’re more susceptible than others. We need to take to take steps to protect our vulnerable areas.
We need to search the Scriptures looking for Bible verses that will give us courage and victory. And then my friend, we need to start using those weapons.
Lord, we are grateful that You have given us Your Word and that it is mighty and powerful. We ask that You will open our eyes so that we can those areas that we need to utilize the weapon You’ve given us.
Remind us in the battle that it belongs to You so that we go into it speaking Your Word and declaring the victory. For we ask it in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Pause to Reflect:
- In what areas are you more susceptible to an attack by the enemy? If you have no idea, spend some time thinking about it today.
- After identifying your weak areas, search the Bible for Scriptures that can help.
- Memorize at least one of those Bible verses this week.
Other actions you can take: