The Story: Day 16
1 Samuel 17
The Bible certainly has its share of underdog stories. Pretty much all of them are, but the story of David’s improbable victory over Goliath stands above the rest. Rudy’s got nothing on David.
Goliath was over 9 feet tall. David was barely old enough to shave. Goliath carried armor that weighed over 100 lbs. David had a slingshot. Goliath was the Philistine MMA Champion. David worked nights as a shepherd. It’s obvious that David is the ultimate underdog.
In the movies the underdog always finds a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The are more tenacious, have a better coach, play with more heart, or some other sports cliche we love to use.
David did not defeat Goliath for any of these reasons. David believed that God would fight for him. He put himself in a situation where God’s power and glory could be fully manifested in Him:
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
1 Samuel 17:45 NIV http://bible.com/111/1sa.17.45.niv
All of us want God to be known and glorified, but we’re not ready to go toe-to-toe with a giant to see that actually happen. God clearly won this battle, but he did so through the radical faith of a young boy. When we step out in faith to face the giants around us we are giving God the greatest platform to manifest his glorious power.