Interesting battle story of Goliath and David that takes one into a mind boggling moment to figure out how two individuals have two very diverse strategies of how to overcome the battle! This is a battle referred to in a military setting and between two groups, the Philistines and the Israelites.
In life, we have many battles, and we personally struggle with our own battles daily. They are not military battles always but, battles related to ‘conflict’, ‘encounter’, ‘hostility’, ‘strife’, ‘disagreement’, ‘gang up on’, ‘disputes’ and much much more!
Winning the battle is the ultimate goal! We in our own thinking believe that we are right, that everyone else is wrong and we know exactly what we should be doing to overcome the situation! We draw up our own strategies, we wait for our moment we have planned for and we launch! In this process, we do get pretty ugly in our thinking too, all because we want to Win and prove that we are right!
The young wise David, youngest in the family, not the military type, the probable ‘daddy’s boy’ is not at war but taking care of the family business and yet very obedient to his father’s request to go provide some food for his brothers at war. Even when he meets his brothers, they speak ill of him!
The one thing that really ‘takes my breath away’ is when the young David explains how he will win the battle! I am awe struck, I am really asking myself ‘hey, can you be like this’ and ‘be so bold about it?’ and it gets me all thinking!
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
But I look back, I think of all the battles we have experienced, some individually, some as a family and some as a community. I know for a fact, because its so few, were I trusted that the battle belonged to Him. We specifically placed it at His feet, knowing it belonged to Him! These battles were always 200% victorious! And the battles that we took upon ourselves, said we knew how to deal with it, never really was won, it sure destroyed us in most instances.