Towering over nine feet tall, this Philistine champion was quite menacing. The shear strength of this giant is explained by the massive amount of weight he carried with ease as armor on his body. He wore a helmet of bronze that was about 150 pounds. He also donned a coat of mail, overlapped to look like fish scales, that weighed 125 pounds. He wore bronze leg protection and he harnessed a bronze javelin over his back. The shaft of his spear was extraordinarily stout made and from hardwood and about 16 feet long, topped with an iron spearhead that weighed fifteen pounds. Altogether he carried way over 500 pounds on his body for protection.
His boisterous voice abounded mockingly across the valley to the Israelites. “Do you need a whole army to fight for you? Send me one man. If he wins we will surrender and be your slaves, but if I win the Israelites will surrender and be our slaves. I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man!”
The Israelite army and King Saul was terrified. They could see the size and strength of this giant. They knew that they could not beat him. They were completely dismayed and grievously afraid. They did not want to become slaves of the Philistines. So quietly they sat. Barely moving. Wondering what to do.
Now, David’s older brothers were serving in King Saul’s army. Dad wanted to send a care package to them via little brother. David woke up early in the morning and headed out. Just as he reached the edge of the camp, he could hear Goliath shouting out against God’s people. He began to ask questions of the men in Saul’s army. “What are you going to do about this fool?” Most of them responded by going to hide. “This guy is defying the army of the living God!” David said as he began to get a bit more zealous, “We can not allow this uncircumcised heathen continue to declare war on God’s people!”
David marched into King Saul and announced that he himself would take on the champion. Saul was a bit unsure, but happy to have someone finally to accept the herculean’s challenge. He offered David his own armor which was too cumbersome and heavy for the shepherd boy to use. On the way to meet the giant David picked up 5 smooth stones and placed them in his pocket. So, David went out to face the giant armed with what he had used before. A slingshot and a shepherd’s staff.
David arrived in the monstrous shadow and stopped. Goliath looked down on the tiny little figure before him that was holding a staff.
“Am I a dog that you come at me with a stick?” Goliath questioned emphatically. He cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said, “Come here and I will feed you to the birds and the wild animals.”
Then David spoke, “You come against me with a spear and a sword, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty! Today the Lord will conquer you and I will kill you and cut off your head. Then I will give the dead bodies of your army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! God does not need a weapon to rescue His people! It is His battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!”
The mammoth figure moved forward to attack and David hurridly ran to meet him. David reached in his shepherd’s bag and retrieved a smooth stone which he hurled from his slingshot and hit Goliath in the forehead. The stone sank in, Goliath stumbled and he fell face first to the ground. David took Goliath’s sword and cut off the giant’s head.
It was known all over the land and all over the world that God took care of His Chosen People that day.
Now let us look at this situation more carefully. How does this story apply to today? Think about who David was. A young shepherd boy who loved and served God. He knew who he was in God. Do you know who you are in God?
David put all of his faith in God. Do you have all your faith in God? What’s that? You don’t have any faith? Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.” You have been given the measure of faith when you became a child of God. Now the scripture doesn’t say how large or small the measuring cup is, but it a measure. We all receive a measure. It is important to note that Faith is no good if it is not used. Like a muscle that never gets used, it gets weak. It will wither away to nothing if it remains not used. However, if it is used regularly it will get stronger and stronger.
Thinking back to the measure of faith. Knowing that we all have the measure of faith. Let’s read the words of Jesus in Matthew 17:20, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Faith as small as a mustard seed. A teeny tiny mustard seed sized faith can move a mountain. WOAH!
Do not miss this. Think about that measure of faith, and about that mustard seed faith.
Notice in the picture below: The wood spoon is the measure of faith. We are going to say that the mustard seed IS the faith. Now Jesus said faith the size of a mustard seed could move a mountain. How many does it take to move a giant?
David, when he prepared to go, face Goliath stopped and gathered five smooth stones. He used one to take down the giant. 4 more remained in his pocket. Have you ever heard the phrase, you mess with one, you mess with them all? Hopefully, that’s not just a southern saying, but basically, it means that family looks out for each other. Well, Goliath had four other gigantic family members at home. This was common knowledge, so David was ready with a stone for each and every one of them.
So was it really the stone that took out the Giant that day? The answer is no. That little rock flung from the sling of that small young man did not. Faith took out Goliath. David put ALL his faith in God, did his part and God took care of the rest.
Faith can move a mountain and Faith can conquer a defiant giant. Since this has been proven over and over not only in my own life but in the lives of others, why do I still have so many enormous obstacles taunting me? I have the measure of faith. You have the measure of faith. It only takes a little bit to do great things, then we need to start cutting off some heads and leveling some mountains. Build up your faith. Don’t know how? Romans 10:17,” So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Read God’s word. Share God’s Word. Live God’s Word.
Once you start using your faith you will feel it grow. You will be able to speak as freely as David did about what God is going to do because you will be more intuned to hie will. But it all begins with that tiny bit of faith put to good use. Before long they will be talking about the giants that YOU and faith killed.