Many true and committed Christians have several trials and troubles like goliaths but unable to defeat them. In this post, we will explore how David defeated lions and bears before he can face Goliath and what made God choose him to be king of Israel.
Face your lions and bears
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you [are] a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered [the lamb] from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught [it] by its beard, and struck and killed it.1 Sam 17:33-35
David was given little responsibility to take care of his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear took a lamb, David was not afraid but faced it with boldness to save the lamb from its mouth. Because David was faithful in little things, who was ready to even give his life to save his sheep under his care by facing lions and bears, God made him king of Israel to take care of His sheep.
If we are not faithful to God in little things to face lions and bears, how can we be prepared to defeat Goliaths? If we are not bold to stand for God and His teachings in smaller situations or not faithful in little things, how can we boldly face troubles like Goliath?
God does not want cowards
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.Rev 21:8
God doesn’t want cowards in His kingdom and they will end up in second death. God doesn’t want cowards who are afraid and fearful to be in His army as we read in the story of Gideon (Judg 7:3) and also in the law (Deut 20:8). We must always be brave to face our problems.
“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”1 Sam 17:36
David was not a coward to run away from lions and bears. When David encountered Goliath, he saw him just like another animal. If you are a coward to run away from lions and bears on smaller situations, you can never defeat goliaths.
To defeat problems like Goliath, we must first boldly face lions and bears in smaller situations, to be faithful to God and standing firm for His teachings on little things. God doesn’t want cowards in His army. If we boldly face problems like lions and bears in smaller and unnoticed situations, we will treat Goliath just like another wild animal and defeat it.