This morning, my daughter wrote a story about David & Goliath and here it is:
Once upon a time there was a boy called David. One day he went to see his brothers and when he got there was a big, big bang. It was Goliath. He was a nasty person who bullied everyone. He was beaten by David who was brave to challenge him. Everyone was too scared to challenge him. The end.
Look at the difference in size between Goliath and David. The Bible says that Goliath as just over 9 ft tall and David was a just a boy so maybe 4 1/2 or 5ft? Goliath was approximately twice the height of David which must have been terrifying enough, but in this picture he is around 10 times taller.
Goliath also has a fire stick in this picture (I had to ask what it was) and whilst the real Goliath didn’t have a fire stick, it reminds us of how terrifying he was.
I was so proud of what my daughter had written because she is pretty small (as 5 year olds tend to be). She has recently experienced some bullying, which the school appear to have dealt with thankfully, and so it was probably natural that she used the language of a bully for this story.
Her picture shows that in her head, that David was dinky and that Goliath was daunting. ‘Everyone was too scared to challenge him’ tells us how terrifying he was. ‘David was brave to challenge him’ tells us how heroic young David was.
Do we ever feel like the David’s brothers, overwhelmed and afraid?
The Bible makes it clear that David’s confidence was in God and that although he probably found Goliath daunting as well, he realized that God was greater and he chose to trust in the Great God rather than being overwhelmed by the giant Goliath. These are some of the things that David says to Goliath.
‘Today the Lord will conquer you’.
‘Everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people’.
‘This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us’.
It’s ironic isn’t it that David, a boy who was too young to fight was the only one willing to and able to fight and defeat Goliath.
Saul who was king of Israel at the time was tall (1 Samuel 10.23) and a powerful warrior. He was the logical choice to fight, he had the right sort of skills and abilities to stand a chance.
David knew God was bigger than anything he was facing and he won.
Saul was worried about the threat of Goliath. He was so worried that he didn’t consider God and he didn’t fight.
Are we more like Saul or David?
I pray that any of us who are feeling overwhelmed would be able to see God in the same way that David did. I pray that we would look to God, trust in him and let Him guide us to solutions. God doesn’t want us to feel daunted and afraid.
I’ve not covered the whole story either, for example how did David defeat Goliath?
You can find out for yourself, it is in 1 Samuel 17 in the Bible.
Have you heard the Casting Crowns song, voice of truth? If you are finding things tough and want to be reminded to look to God then you may want to listen.