Lessons from the Battlefield

This is a re-post of a note I published June 21, 2014 on Facebook. I am transferring my notes from Facebook into my Float the River blog.

I am not afraid to admit that I easily succumb to fear; fear of inadequacy, fear of failure, fear of defeat. Sadly, we all know what fear can do when it is not dealt with properly. Honestly, fear is a common dwelling place for me right now.

In my reading through 1st and 2nd Samuel I came to the very familiar story of David and Goliath in 1st Samuel 17 this morning. As I was reading this powerful account I found myself equally encouraged and convicted by some very basic principles.

1) What opposes us genuinely looks fearsome and overwhelming.
I can’t imagine anything or anyone scarier or more intimidating than Goliath. He was HUGE, his armor looked impenetrable, and his weaponry was was capable of instantaneous destruction.

2) The words in our ears will demean our motives and remind us of our inadequacies.
David’s brothers accused him of only caring about seeing a battle and that he was irresponsible in leaving his flock. Saul told him he wasn’t ready to take on the enemy. He was too young and inexperienced to be victorious.

3) The opposition will make us feel small and inferior.
Goliath reminded David what a great warrior he was and how pitiful David was. David’s advancement toward him in battle was an insult to his greatness.

4) We don’t have the resources we think we should and what we do have seems impoverished at best.
David had no armor or sword (which EVERYONE knows you need) and all he had to defeat Goliath was weaponry no soldier would dare take into battle.

6) Victory doesn’t come by running away or sitting in inactivity.We must actively engage what looms before us…and keep at it. David only found victory by facing Goliath head on and then continued to pursue the rest of the Philistines after the giant was killed.

7) Victory only comes by stepping forward in faith based on what we know, regardless of what we see.
David advanced on Goliath based only on His knowledge of the character of the Lord and His covenant relationship to Israel.

8) There is always something bigger at stake than what we can see.
David wasn’t merely fighting a battle against his nations foe. God was using this to validate the anointing of David as king and in the narrative of God’s plan, David’s faith and victories were instrumental in leading to the Messiah.

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