When David went to fight the giant Goliath, he was full of energy, passion and ready to fight. In fact, King Saul was trying to bribe anyone, anyone at all, to get out there and fight Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25), who had been taunting the Israelites for 40 days and nights. Even the most battle-hardened soldiers were gripped with white-knuckled fear at the sight of Goliath. But not David. Why? David was used to facing fear. He’d already chased a bear down and beat it to death and then had grabbed a lion by its mane and had beat that to death too! So, when it came time to face another really ferocious enemy, one who’d made grown men tremble, David just rolled his eyes.
David was prepared for the battle in two ways: Spiritually and emotionally. Just like David had been out in the fields writing love songs to the Lord for all of his life, tending to his father’s sheep in obscurity, he had also been out in those fields beating fierce predators to death with his own two hands. This was a man who had been privately prepared in every way to win a very public battle. David knew how to hear from God and how to fight to the death – which is the winning combination for any battle you’re ever going to face. To David, Goliath, a 9-ft. giant holding a spear that was as big as the trunk of a tree, was simply another form of the same enemy. Wow!
David knew how to hear from God and how to fight to the death – which is the winning combination for any battle you’re ever going to face.
When it came time for him to actually step onto the battlefield, King Saul wanted David to wear his own, personal, kingly armor. This would have been, to any other man, a very great honor and one which no one in their right minds would turn down. But David wasn’t interested in other people’s opinions. According to 1 Samuel 17:38-40, “Saul clothed David with his armor. And he put a helmet of bronze on his head. He also clothed him with a coat of mail. David secured his sword to his armor and tried to walk, but he was not used to it, for he had not tested them..So David took them off.” A trained fighter in any area of fighting or battle knows how to use his own weapons – your own sword, your own gun, your own knife, your own Chinese throwing stars, your own testimonies, your own Scriptures, your own relationship with God, your own worship, your own faith. [Read this next: “The Spirit and the Flesh Battle for Your Attention”]
David knew he could not borrow Saul’s armor because he was not used to it, and he had not experienced battle with those elements for himself. It matters! You cannot borrow someone else’s faith when you’re a fight. You must have your own and that only comes from experience in fighting and winning battles.
Thought for today
Whether it’s a lion, or a bear or a giant – David knew the enemy was, essentially, the same – determined to “steal, kill and destroy” and it was kill or be killed. (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8) When the time comes to face down a giant in your life, if you’re an experienced warrior in the faith already, you’ll have your own style of fighting the enemy, and you’ll have an understanding of how to use your own weapons, the ones you’ve seen prove true in the Lord in each battle, the tested and tried weapons of warfare. You can’t rely on another person’s faith in battle. You need your own.
Don’t look to other people to fight your battles for you or you won’t have the victory in the Lord. Do what David did: Worship and prepare emotionally and spiritually, well beforehand, when no one is looking. Then you’ll see that the enemy coming against you, exalting itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-6), will simply be another enemy that needs to die today.