DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH – WHAT YOU WERE NOT TOLD
The battle at the Valley of Elah between a Philistine (Goliath) and a Hebrew boy (David) is the most talked about in history, not even the battle of Troy or the more recent battles for territory or honour could surmount David vs Goliath.
Many lessons have been drawn from the story. It is almost certain that at first when you saw this article you thought that I should be writing to you about Courage, Faith, Service or Skill, however I am writing to you today about something you may not have been told in that story called CONSISTENCY OF VICTORY.
So, with your permission let me take you back to the scriptures, 1 Samuel 17 1:3
17 The Philistines gathered their armies together for war. They met at Socoh in Judah. Their camp was between Socoh and Azekah, at a town called Ephes Dammim.
2 Saul and the Israelite soldiers also gathered together. Their camp was in the Valley of Elah. Saul’s soldiers were lined up and ready to fight the Philistines. 3 The Philistines were on one hill. The Israelites were on the other hill. The valley was between them.
First thing I want you to notice is that the Israelites were ready, they were lined up, they weren’t scattered all over the place because of the suddenness of the battle call. They were prepared for the battle, it is all they had prepared for all their lives, so when it came they stood their ground, held their ranks. They were prepared for a battle but they were not prepared for a Goliath, this Goliath even had a helper.
4 The Philistines had a champion fighter named Goliath, who was from Gath. He was over 9 feet[a] tall. Goliath came out of the Philistine camp.5 He had a bronze helmet on his head. He wore a coat of armor that was made like the scales on a fish. This armor was made of bronze and weighed about 125 pounds.[b] 6 Goliath wore bronze protectors on his legs. He had a bronze javelin tied on his back. 7 The wooden part of his spear was as big as a weaver’s rod. The spear’s blade weighed 15 pounds.[c] Goliath’s helper walked in front of him, carrying Goliath’s shield.
Now, the next thing I want you to notice is that Goliath presented them a deal
9 If that man kills me, he wins and we Philistines will become your slaves. But if I kill your man, then I win, and you will become our slaves. You will have to serve us.”
This was his deal; I win, your people serve our people. You win, my people serve your people. You know the story, David eventually won but did that deal hold? The answer is No. Whoever said you have one big battle to fight lied to you, there are milestones you will cross but don’t settle and don’t be surprised when the other guy does not hold up his side of the deal, it is another battle not as big as the first one but your victories must be consistent.
So, David defeated the Philistine with only a sling and one stone! He hit the Philistine and killed him. David didn’t have a sword, 51 so he ran and stood beside the Philistine. Then David took Goliath’s own sword out of its sheath and used it to cut off his head. That is how David killed the Philistine.
When the other Philistines saw their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 The soldiers of Israel and Judah shouted and started chasing the Philistines. The Israelites chased them all the way to the city limits of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. They killed many of the Philistines. Their bodies were scattered along the Shaaraim road all the way to Gath and Ekron. 53 After chasing the Philistines, the Israelites came back to the Philistine camp and took many things from that camp.
Your Goliath battle may just be an entrance into another phase, but don’t worry your people who have been frightened by the Goliath, blinded by the darkness will come alive and join you. These new battles are smaller but there should be Consistency to your Victories.