I’ve gotten a chance to watch someone kill a giant. Several, in fact. I’ve seen people struggling with stability in the face of emotional issues, others with cancer, and even one with a drug addiction come to God and get victory. I’ve seen them stand and testify, and it almost seemed I could see them with a sword in one hand and Goliath’s head in the other. I wonder if they knew what their victory did for my children.
Did David really know what he was starting? When he showed up to the battlefront to bring his brothers food and happened to hear the challenge by the giant, did he know? Goliath defied the army of Israel and made fun, and something rose up in David. A courage and trust in God, born by years of dependence in troubles, came to the surface in David’s heart.
When David went out to fight Goliath, the whole army was full of fear and hopefulness. I think it was about more than Goliath. It was about changing the whole atmosphere of Israel! God wanted to do more than just take out one giant. He wanted to raise up a generation of fighters of hope and dependence on Him!
A whole section of great men followed David. Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother. Sibbechai killed Sippai, son of the giants. Then David’s nephew killed a giant also—a giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Giants were killed by David, and by his servants.
If there had never been the incidence of David as a young man with Goliath, would we hear of the thirty great men, the one who went down and fought the Egyptian, the others who took out Philistines, David’s nephew who fought the other giant, and Goliath’s brother taken out? I think he started a generation of hope and victory and bravery!
Don’t give up! Get victory, and tell about it. Maybe you’ll start the chain reaction that inspires MY children. Someday you’ll see them with a sword and know that it was about a whole lot more than just YOUR victory. It was about changing the atmosphere!