I’ve been giving some thought to the beautiful photograph of the brave and fierce looking lion someone sent me on my Facebook page. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we can get a wrong message from the saying that has been attached: “Walk in like Goliath and fight like David.” We all remember cartoons and stories from our youth explaining clearly that the lion is the king of the jungle and when he roars, the other animals cower in fear and run to hide. He is known to be a killer when he is on the hunt for food or guarding his den.
Almost every child I could find to interview knew the Bible story of David and Goliath and how the big giant taunted God’s people and asked who would dare come to fight him. The story is found in 1 Samuel 17. His sheer size, battle armor and victories already won put fear in the heart of all those who heard him roar and boast. None of the soldiers from the army of Israel gathered on one side of the valley were willing to go up against the big man. Verse 11 reads, “When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.”
For those who know the Bible story well, we find comfort in the fact that God chose David, a young man, in fact, the younger son of Jesse, to go up against this boisterous giant. David asks in Verse 29, “And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?” David said he would fight the giant and refused the heavy armor King Saul offered because he was not familiar with it and did not want to encumber himself. He took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook or creek and stood to face the giant. Verse 49 teaches that David chose one of the smooth stones and put it in his sling and shot the giant, landing his rock in his forehead. The giant fell down to the ground and David ran (Verse 51) and stood upon the Philistine, took out his sword, slew him, and cut his head off. When the other Philistines saw what had happened, they fled.
One pastor taught that the reason David chose five smooth stones is that Goliath had four brothers who were quite big and he wanted to be prepared to be able to deal with each of them if necessary. Other speakers have indicated that we, in our Christian walk, must be able to deal with the giants of sin that attack us and attempt to keep us from serving God and others. I personally believe that God spoke to David and gave him the courage he needed to volunteer for this huge job and then He gave him the strength and wisdom to fight the battle his own way.
My thinking on this subject is that perhaps we had better walk in like David and fight like him, too. I would hate to think that our roar and size made us think we are invincible and that we do not need God in our lives to direct our battles. I like the idea of being more able to pull off a huge surprise that no one expected as David did in this instance. He relied on God, who gave him and his people the victory.
Brenda Cannon Henley can be reached at (409) 781-8788