“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
– 1 Samuel 17:26b NIV
One thing I have learned about David as I’ve read and reflected on his life illustrated in scripture is his passion for defending the name of God. David was passionate, bold and consistently assertive when it came to defending the nation of Israel and honoring God in the face of opposition. The book of Acts recounts the life of David as one who served God in his generation and then he fell asleep and rested with his fathers. What will separate God’s remnant in every generation will be the demonstration of passion to defend the people of God and the honor of God’s name with the same audacious faith David demonstrated when he faced Goliath. Despite the size of his opponent, David considered Goliath’s taunts absurd in relation to the size of his God. An audacious faith focuses on the immensity of God despite the enormity of the circumstances we face that taunt us, threaten us and seek to instill fear to cause us to shrink back when we face opposition in this life.
Sincere faith in Christ will compel us and prompt us to stand firm in the face of opposition and instill the necessary courage, resolve and fortitude to help us face the goliath size circumstances we face in life. Fear is a natural reaction to circumstances. The way king Saul and the army of Israel responded to Goliath out of fear was a natural reaction to the circumstance they were facing. Anointed with the person, presence and power of God, David’s response was supernatural. Empowered by the power of His Creator and fueled by his passion to defend the nation of Israel and honor the name of his LORD, David responds with an audacious faith instead of reacting in fear. Like David, we have been anointed with the person, presence and power of God, through faith in Christ, to respond to life’s opposition with courage, boldness and hope. Anointed with the power and purpose of God to serve Him in his generation, David is now positioned to walk in the authority God ordained for him to walk in when he was anointed by the prophet Samuel to become king over Israel. David’s anointing was not just for his personal gain and benefit. The nation of Israel and the name of God were being opposed openly, publicly by the enemies of God. Time had now come for David to make use of what he had been anointed to do to serve God in his generation.
Like David, God has anointed us to step up in our generation and make use of the gift of faith to be an example, a light, to inspire others, instilling courage, boldness and passion for others to walk by faith as we learn to walk as Jesus did. The same Spirit that empowered David to respond to the Goliath in his life now lives in us to help us to do the same. David’s life illustrates for us the necessity of remaining cognizant of the reality of the immensity of our God despite the enormity of our circumstances. David understood he served the One whose throne is heaven and earth is His footstool. Compared to the One who rests His feet upon the earth, Goliath was no challenge to David’s faith in God. Despite the size of your circumstances and the taunts life directs towards you to instill the natural reaction of fear and try to influence you to turn back from where God is prompting you to take your position, stand firm and face what opposes you, your faith in Christ will empower you to respond with courage, boldness and hope in God to be victorious!
May God bless you and help you to respond to life’s opposition and taunts with an audacious faith, as David did, so you can experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.