I Samuel 17:50-51 (50) "So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David." (51) "Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled."
When we read the account of David slewing Goliath we tend to think it was a seemly impossible feat. I mean here we have this teenage boy going up against this huge giant. I Samuel 17:4 says "And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span." I am told that this makes Goliath about 9 feet tall. We don't know how tall David was but I'm sure compared to David the giant was huge in size.
David killed him with a stone from a sling-shot. We all know that it couldn't have been a very big stone. I don't think a huge rock or a boulder would have worked to shoot from a sling-shot. So this stone had to be pretty small...especially in comparison to the giant that David found himself up against. Yet this stone landed hitting the giant in just the right spot to kill him. That tells me that God had to be the force behind that stone guiding it where it needed to go.
Was it David's skill, or the size of the rock or the weapon of the sling-shot that proved most important? Or was it David's God and the faith that David had in his God that was important? I believe it was David's God and the faith he had in Him that proved crucial in this situation.
We all face giants in our lives that seem so big that we don't see any way of defeating them. Some of us face the giant of fear. It could be a fear of anything in your life. Others face the giant of their finances or problems with their children. And others face other giants that seem so big that they see no way of defeating them.
We need to be like David and face our giant....and with a stone of faith realize and believe that with the help of God we can defeat our giant. God has equipped us with a weapon. Our sling-shot is prayer and our stone is our faith in God and His Word.
How can we expect to defeat our giant (no matter what it might be) if we don't believe we can do it. We cannot do it alone any more than David could on his own. It takes letting God do it through us. God guided that stone from David's sling-shot and had it to go right where it needed to in order to kill Goliath.
Our strength to defeat our giant comes from prayer and the reading of God's Word and then we can put into practice that strength when we use those weapons God has given us...our sling-shot of prayer and our stone of faith in God and His Word.
Romans 14:23 "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Face your giant and let God equip you with what you need and let God defeat that giant in your life. We are not alone. God is on our side. When God is on your side...you cannot be defeated...unless you let that giant defeat you.
I John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."