Have you ever read a bible story over and over, but always finding something new each time you read it? Well, this is how I felt with the popular David and Goliath story found in 1 Samuel 17. This time around my attention was not drawn to the physical giant – Goliath, but more to the internal giant that David had faced.
For those of you are not aware of how the story goes, there is a battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. At the time king Saul and the Israelite army were terrified and afraid of the Philistine giant – Goliath. David, who was tending to the sheep, was sent by his father – Jesse – to the battle line to check up on his brothers and take some food to them. Besides David conquering Goliath, something interesting transpired in the midst of a terrified army and a giant who were facing each other, ready for battle.
When David arrived on the scene and saw what was happening, his first giant was not Goliath. David encountered an internal giant in the pursuit of conquering the physical and natural giant. The effects of the internal giant were more fatal than the physical one as it was the deciding factor for David either advancing or retreating back to the sheep. David’s pre-Goliath giant were the words of his very own brother, Eliab.
When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle. – 1 Samuel 17:28
David’s response to this unanticipated attack was golden! In verse 29 we see that David only asked his brother two questions, “What have I done?” and “Can’t I even speak?”. Consequently, the Bible says that David immediately turned around and continued to ask the men of the army, what the reward was for the defeat of Goliath. I can only imagine the disaster for the nation of Israel if David had retreated due to the words (1 Samuel 17:28) of his brother – an unrecognized internal giant. However, as harsh and as real as those words were, David pressed on and decided to advance, instead of retreat.
Be careful to not entertain or get caught up in emotional diversions that are simply there to divert you from the greater picture and will that God has in store for you. Next time someone tries to hurt you and break you down (with harsh words or actions), do not despair and turn back into pity. Instead, advance to victory for your giant-to-be-conquered is most probably right in front of you.
The first step in conquering your giant is to conquer the unrecognized internal giant!
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