We love to root for the underdog and I believe that started when we were kids and told the story of David and Goliath. We were encouraged and inspired by the tale of a small shepard defeating the giant warrior. We liken ourselves to David while comparing our problems to Goliath.
As adults, we continue to identify ourselves with the seemingly diminutive nature of David who, powered by the Spirit of God, can topple any obstacle — no matter the size.
If you dig deeper, you’ll discover that Goliath may have been large but his story doesn’t stop at his stature. Goliath wore over 100-pounds of metal armor on his person; making it extremely hard for him to maneuver. Someone else carried his shield ahead for him and had to point out David’s proximity — like a “seeing eye person.” Most importantly, Goliath’s combat training was limited in that he could only fight in close range; therefore, his opponent had to get within his grasp in order for him to inflict any real damage.
Goliath looked massive, but he was burdened with heavy weights that impaired his agility. His vision was questionable and required him to rely on someone else while only being effective in battle if someone was careless enough to get in close quarters.
Burdensome. Blind. Dependent. Effective only when close. Sounds a lot like sin.
Meanwhile, David was a marksman – the Biblical equivalent of a sniper. His slingshot skills enabled him to hurl stones at the same velocity as a small caliber pistol – with the range of a few hundred yards. He was trained, disciplined and, most importantly, confident in the God He served. He spoke his victory and acted in the favor of the LORD.
Trained. Disciplined. Confident. Victorious and can reach you where you are. Sounds a lot like righteousness.
While we’re touting the characteristics of David, has it ever occurred to you that perhaps we were once like Goliath? Did it ever cross your mind that we were once an unsaved, enemy of God… too blind with pride, ignorance and arrogance to see anything clearly (in the spirit)? The weight of our transgressions made it hard to move towards forgiveness. We depended on people, material possessions, substances and promiscuity to unsuccessfully quench our emptiness. The closer we got to sin, the more entangled it wrapped around our souls — longing to drag us into the abyss of eternal punishment.
Even in our Goliath state, He sees us as David. A young, eager, nimble child of God ready to make a move in His name. It’s time to stop celebrating David as if we’ve never resembled Goliath. It’s time to ask God to remove the armor of guilt and shame, lose the blurred vision of bad decisions and release the dependency on things that are no good to us — while asking for God’s forgiveness and forgiving ourselves.
I believe it is when we seek God to slay our inner Goliath, that we truly resonate with the spirit and victory of David.