“One of the young men said, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skillfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him.” 1 Samuel 16:18
Today we will study the next virtue of David. As described by Saul’s servant, not only was he skillful for harp playing but a valiant man (brave, bold and courageous).
“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. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them.” 1 Sam. 17: 34-36
David could have played the fool when the bear and the lion came; nobody would note one lamb missing, besides, the sheep were not his anyways… however, every time a hostile animal showed up to devour the sheep, fearless David risked his life. Goliath the giant looked similar to bear; and he affirmed to Saul that God, who saved him from the bear, would also protect him from the monster size philistine.
Now, most of Israel was scared of Goliath. The Scriptures point that thousands of soldiers were literally trembling. How is it that David could advance towards something that all the others feared? I believe David possessed the creative and conquering faith of God, a fruit of his relationship with the Holy Spirit. Gal. 5:22.
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens”. Heb.11:33-34
In the Bible, the people that made the difference were filled with faith. Not an academic faith that comes from mental agreement; rather, a supernatural faith that comes from the heart—the result of gazing on the Author and Finisher of our faith—Jesus. This faith believes the impossible, speaks the things that are not as though they were, and make us rise and conquer the giants of life.
Take a moment now to identify your giant. What is it? Who is it? Where is it? You have two options: either retreat in fear or advance in faith. Doing nothing counts as retreat (if your giant is real it will not magically go away). Maybe you have been afraid of confrontation. Perhaps you believe things will never change…
I’m here to remind you: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you Phil. 4:13. You can face and conquer your giants; even if you are weak, even if you think is too late, or consider yourself a coward. Know this: the One who lives within you is ultra powerful, and with Him all things are possible!
Hebrews declares “out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle”, put differently, you can use battles and giants to develop strength and become a brave kingdom warrior. Look to your problems once again, and dare to believe as David did.