The biblical Goliath (1 Samuel 17) was a giant, and a renowned warrior of Philistine extraction. He was over nine feet tall, and his war apparels were both abnormally elaborate and heavy. He was a formidable terror to the Israelites!
David on the other hand, was of a flimsy built, and the youngest child of Jesse; an Israelite. Unlike his brothers who were soldiers battling the Philistines, he was a mere shepherd boy and home based. But, once in a while, his father sent him to the war zone to check on his brothers, and deliver supplies to them. One day, he witnessed first-hand, Goliath’s derogatory comments about God and the army of Israel, and in anger, he offered to battle the giant, and in the end, he killed him, thus paving the way for the total crushing of the army of Philistine.
Figuratively speaking, there are many ‘Goliaths’ in the world these days, and they encompass issues or people, which like the biblical Goliath, constitutes formidable terror to humanity. They are potential killers, which must be crushed promptly and decisively. A few of them include illnesses, poverty, debt, bad luck, helplessness, joblessness, barrenness, marital upheavals, cruel political system, fear, indecision, and procrastination.
So, how can we crush these ‘Goliaths’, and free ourselves from their vice-like grip, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, we can do so, by satisfying the following conditions among others:
1. We must be genuinely tired of them. This is the starting point, and it is very crucial! The Israelites were genuinely tired of Goliath and his men before they tackled them. Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14) was genuinely tired of leprosy, before he fought it. Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20) too was genuinely tired of barrenness, before she waged war against it etc. From these examples, we can safely conclude that we too must be genuinely tired of our own ‘Goliaths’ first, before we can deal with them effectively. Are you genuinely tired of yours?
2. We must seek help from the right place. The Israelites sort help from the right place i.e., from God, through David, and they defeated the Philistines. Naaman, Hannah, Jabez etc.; also sought help from God, and they crushed their ‘Goliaths’. Likewise, we must seek help from God; if we truly want to crush ours, and the good news is that He is willing to accede to our request (Isaiah 41:10).
3. We must use appropriate tools to fight them. David refused to fight Goliath with the elaborate war apparels and tools foisted on him by Saul. Instead, he used the tools he knew were most appropriate for the battle on hand i.e. five smooth stones and a sling, and he won it. Similarly, we must battle our own ‘Goliaths’ with appropriate tools such as the word of God (Hebrews 4:12), fasting and prayer (Mark 9:29), and the name of Jesus (Proverb 18:10, Mark 16:17-18), etc.
4. We must have faith in God that He’ll deliver us. David had faith in God that He’ll deliver him from Goliath, and he was not disappointed (1 Samuel 17: 45-47). So also were folks like Naaman, Hannah, Jabez etc. They all had faith in God, and He delivered them from their ‘Goliaths’. We too must have faith in Him, and He’ll deliver us from ours (Hebrews 11:6), in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Friends, as we can see, there are many ‘Goliaths’ afflicting humanity at the moment. , But, they can be crushed by satisfying aforementioned conditions among others. We must be genuinely tired of your ‘Goliaths’, and we must seek help from God to overcome them. Besides, we must fight them with appropriate tools, and have absolute faith in God to deliver us, and we will not be disappointed, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies