Giant intimidating sermon
Some “Goliath” is looming larger than God in our sight and taunting us into humiliation.
All we see is how weak and pathetic we are, and how inadequate we are to face him. David is such a helpful example for us, not only because he fueled his confidence and courage to face Goliath from God’s promises, but also because he so frequently felt fearful and needed to encourage his soul again by remembering God’s promises.
For an answer, let’s look at one of the most famous stories of all time in 1 Samuel 17 — and one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible.
Three thousand years ago, in the Valley of Elah, a massive man named Goliath of Gath stepped out of the Philistine ranks to defy and taunt the army of Israel and its God.
Fighting Goliath looked like suicide, plain and simple. First of all, because fighting Goliath didn’t look like suicide to David, who was as physically outclassed as anyone else.
But also, because these men believed in God and knew Israel’s history.
For forty days, he harangued the Israelite warriors, heaping shame on them, since none dared to accept his fight-to-the-death, winner-takes-all challenge.
The Philistine champion was about nine-feet tall and incredibly strong (1 Samuel 17:4–7).No, the men lacked courage to face Goliath because at this moment the men lacked faith.At this moment, for whatever reason, despite all the stories and past experiences, Goliath looked bigger than God.They see David as the archetypal underdog, an Old Testament Rocky Balboa, standing up to an arrogant, powerful blowhard.They see him as a self-confident, independent young man who was brave enough to fight for what was right and rely on his own strength and skills, rather than conform to conventional tactics.