The Bible story of David and Goliath is probably one of the most classic stories ever. One we are not seeing for what it really is. How victorious we really are through Jesus Christ. In the book of 1 Samuels 17, it depicts David's courage and bravery and confidence in God so deeply. It describes Goliath as a Philistine champion who was over nine feet tall. He taunted the Israelites morning and evening for 40 days declaring that he was the champion, and they should come out and fight him.
1 Samuel 17;9-11 (NLT)“I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.
The bible says that David was sent by his father to take supplies to his brothers, who were described as being in the presence of King Saul, and the Israelite army. David prepared himself. He was very responsible, he did not just leave the sheep unattended, he left them with another shepherd, as he was on assignment to take supplies to his brothers. When David arrived, he greeted his brothers, and that was when he saw Goliath who had come to taunt them again, he began to query about who this man was but was opposed by his older brother Eliab, who God had described in 1 Samuels 16:7 as being robust and strong but was intimidated by David who was a boy, simply because he was who God had anointed as King of Israel and this was to be his training ground.
David begged King Saul persistently to send him out to fight Goliath until he agreed, and he gave David armour but David threw them off, and stepped out boldly with his shepherds rod and his sling, that he had used to kill bears and lions to protect his sheep. As Goliath came out to meet him, David ran out, took out his stone from his shepherds bag, he threw it from a sling and it hit Goliath in the forehead, he fell face down, and David ran over to him, killed him, and cut off his head. When the army saw that Goliath had died, they turned and ran but the Israelites ran them down and killed and injured them.
There is just something about the number 40 in the bible, The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, Noah's ark was afloat for 40 days, Jesus was tempted for 40 days, and now in this case, the Israelites were taunted for 40 days by Goliath. The number 40 signifies wilderness or a time of testing, and in the wilderness, our time of testings, there are so many Goliaths that arise in our lives to try and defeat us. David was only a boy but he had the experience of slaying bears and lions before. He would attack them with the only weapons he had, and that was the stone and the shepherds rod, and he proved to be victorious. David was a warrior and that was what made him able to slay Goliath. What are the Goliaths in our lives today? Are we able to slay them? What are the weapons that we equip ourselves with?
In Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT), God tells us to defend ourselves by armouring ourselves. "Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places". So we are required to armour ourselves with the Word of God, salvation, peace, righteousness because the battle that we are up against are not from the regular persons that attack us in whatever way physical but against the spirits that work in them. So if you attack a spiritual battle in the flesh it is a sure victory for the enemy.
The stone David carried signifies the Rock (Jesus Christ, Word of God), the rod/club is used in a significant way to beat off wolves or other creatures and it signifies authority. Moses and Aaron's rod represented authority. When you are faced with the Goliath's in your lives, all you need to do is to pray and seek the Word of God concerning your circumstance, and use the authority that God has place upon you, and speak what God says concerning your circumstances and believe it, and your Goliaths will be defeated. 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT), "and we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for". David was confident when he ran to slay Goliath. Exercise your confidence in God believe in what the Word of God says concerning your life, and trust in Him with all your heart, and watch Him slay the Goliaths in your life.