Digging into Samuel yesterday, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to blog about something that STRUCK me. I have heard the story of Goliath a hundred times and you probably have too. You have probably been inspired at the tenacity of this young boy to want to defeat a giant. Or, maybe you were inspired at how he ran towards his giant. Maybe you were the youngest or the most unequipped in your family so you like the fact that David, who appeared to be insignificant, was greatly used by God. Either way, all of those points are valid. But, there is one point that is often overlooked, and that is the Faithfulness of David before God ever allowed him to face this Goliath. Look at what David says in I Samuel 17:34-37
Your servant KEPT his father’s sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock. I WENT out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I CAUGHT it by its beard and smote it and KILLED it. Your servant KILLED both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living GOD. The LORD who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
Do you notice the faithfulness of David? Could he ever have defeated Goliath if he hadn’t have gained the confidence from previous victories? I’m not sure that he would have. The Bible says in Luke 16:10: If we can be trusted in the little things; God will allow us to be trusted with bigger things. This is the character of God. David proved himself trustworthy by being faithful when the sheep he was asked to look after were protected. God, seeing his heart, could trust him to defeat Goliath and then handle the responsibility that would come from that victory. Where there is victory, there always comes a level of responsibility. If David would not have been faithful in previous situations, it wouldn’t have been Goliath that would have destroyed him. He would have destroyed himself.