In 1 Samuel 17, the Philistines had a champion, Goliath. But God’s people had a champion too, David. Goliath is a picture of the serpent that deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. David represents Jesus, the root and offspring of David. Satan tried to defeat God’s people, but Jesus is our Champion.
1 Samuel 17:4-53; Numbers 13:28, 33; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 10:11-12; Romans 8:37; Romans 5:6; Romans 16:20
- If God can give you small victories, He can give you big victories. David wasn’t afraid of Goliath because he already defeated the lion and the bear when he was a shepherd. Remember the little victories because they will build your confidence in God.
- Don’t fight on the giant’s terms; fight on God’s terms. No one would have defeated Goliath in size or hand-to-hand combat. David fought Goliath on God’s terms. What you have may not look like much, but God always knows what He’s doing. Prayer and the Word of God are powerful.
- Worshipping is not a waste of time. David didn’t waste time worshipping God in the field as a shepherd. In the field, David developed faith in God to defeat Goliath.
- God is mightier than the devil. The fight between David and Goliath was not between a tiny boy and a mighty giant; it was a battle between a mighty God and a tiny giant. Your enemy is tiny, and your God is big.
- You have a Champion that fights for you even when you don’t deserve it. You’re not always the champion, you mess up sometimes, but God never does. You’re not great on your own. You’re not supposed to be like David. The real message is that we have a David. You’re not a champion; you have a champion.
- Jesus‘ victory is our victory. Jesus’ death on the cross was not for himself but for us. Jesus defeated Satan, and he has no hold on you anymore.
You are not David; Jesus is. The gospel message is not that you can defeat your enemies but that Jesus already has. Don’t face Goliath by yourself. Put your faith in God and let him fight your battle for you.