Big Boys and Little Giants: David and Goliath

One of the most well-known Bible stories is David and Goliath.  The teenage David goes up against a nine-foot-tall giant.  We chalk one up for the little guy in this story.

But is it exactly fair to call David the little guy?  Sure, he was much shorter than Goliath, and he didn’t have the most advanced weapons technology, but was David ever at a disadvantage to Goliath?

I told you last week about the church camp that I went to each summer during high school.  One activity we did at Cyokamo was skits.  Sometimes they were only meant to be amusing.  Sometimes they taught a lesson.  The best skits were the ones that did both.

My fourth through sixth grade boys and girls were working on a Bible skit, and they chose David and Goliath.  Of course, we began by choosing the tallest person for Goliath and the smallest for David.  Through the course of writing the script and rehearsing, someone came up with the idea of reversing roles.

The kids thought it would be hilarious, so the tallest student, a sixth grade boy, became our David.  Goliath was a small blonde girl who would be starting fourth grade in the fall.

When the kids took the stage, I sat in one of the front rows to watch the performance.  They presented us with the most entertaining Bible skit I had ever seen!  I wish I could even begin to explain.  You can picture it, right?  The little girl is shouting and “intimidating” the tall boy.  The boy is standing tall and proclaiming that God is on his side.

I’m not sure, though, that any of them realized the spiritual truth they were offering.

To our physical eyes, the real David may have been much smaller than Goliath, but David had all the power of the Lord of Hosts behind him.  He knew that God was fighting for him, and that made him so much more than the little guy.  Goliath didn’t stand a chance!

As Christians, we also have the power of the Lord of Hosts on our side.  When we find ourselves in a David and Goliath type situation, we can know that He is taking care of us. 

This isn’t an excuse to do foolish things.  If you decide to jump from a plane without a parachute, you’re most likely going to be having a face-to-face conversation with Jesus by the time it takes to fall ten thousand or so feet.  This is a belief that when God instructs you to step out in faith to do something for the kingdom, you will have the power of God the Father behind you. 

The next time you read the story of David and Goliath, do not focus on the height of the giant but the size of the God that defeats him.  And the next time you find yourself in a problematic situation, do not focus on the problem but keep your mind firmly set on the size of your God.

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  1. This is such a terrific reminder. Over the years I have come to realize that the measure of strength is not in the visuals, but in the unseens. God, as our strength. Thanks for this sweet reminder. Blessings, Elizabeth

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