David and Goliath [Part 2]
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Courage comes when you see what your Champion has done!
Today’s Text: “Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.” (1 Samuel 17:51–52, ESV)
We’re in a series about how to have faith without trying to. There’s no greater illustration of this than the story of David and Goliath. The Israelites are paralyzed with fear. No soldier will fight Goliath. No Hebrew has faith. Until young David arrives.
You know the story. David gets five smooth stones but only needs one. He slings the stone, sinking it into the giant Philistine’s forehead.
But have you ever noticed what happened after David killed the giant? The Philistines retreated, and the Israeli soldiers let out a giant, spontaneous war cry. “Waahooo!” Suddenly, the most cowardly army in the world became the most confident, brave battalion on the globe. They ran after the Philistines for ten miles, slaughtering them as they went and plundering their camp on their return.
They didn’t gain faith by trying to become like David; their faith exploded by seeing what David had done. You don’t find explosive faith by trying to be like Jesus, you explode with faith when you see what Jesus has accomplished. When you see the victory of Jesus over the evil one, you realize that you are on the winning side. You still have battles to fight, but you gain courage when you see Jesus. That’s why Hebrews 12 tells us that Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.
The courage and inspiration you need won’t come by trying harder to be a giant slayer. The power for change in your life will come by beholding the eternal Giant Slayer, Jesus. Fix your eyes on the real Champion. See what Christ has done to defeat the Accuser and your bravery will soar. And that’s the gospel!
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