Destroy evil before it destroys you

Reading through the story of David and Goliath I was reminded of the difference of perspective and how the object of faith determines the outcome. Goliath had faith in himself and David had faith in God.

This is what it says of Goliath…

4″And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Goliath came out each morning for 40 days and taunted the army of Israel. He boasted of his strength and it caused all the men of the army of God to become paralyzed by fear and not one was willing to fight the giant.

Then David, a young shepherd boy, came into the camp of the Israelite army. David had been tending his father’s sheep when his father asked him to go and check own how the battle was going and to deliver some supplies for his brothers.

David arrived just as Goliath was taunting the Israelite army. David chose not to consider his outward appearance but rather looked at his heart. For Goliath’s heart was evil and meant to destroy the people of God.

This evil was what David wanted to destroy before it destroyed the people of God.

While his brothers thought David was proud and insolent, and King Saul considered him unable to go against Goliath because he was an inexperienced youth, David had another perspective of who he was…

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover 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.”

David saw himself as one who was capable of accomplishing great things by the power of God.

The armor King Saul offered him as protection didn’t feel right, he wasn’t used to wearing it, and so David went out to face Goliath with only a staff, five smooth stones in a pouch, and a sling.

42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with 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 defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Goliath was confident in his own strength, his experience, and in his armor. He looked at David and considered his outward appearance and made assumptions based on what he saw.

David was confident in the name of the Lord who had delivered him from the lion and the bear. He looked at Goliath and though he saw Goliath’s sword, spear, and javelin, he didn’t allow his own inability or weakness to bring him fear. David relied on God who doesn’t save by sword or spear, but by His power and might.

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

Confidence in God alone gives supernatural power to destroy the evil that is about to destroy you.

 

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