The book of 1 Samuel (Part 2)
Welcome back to our discussion on the book of 1 Samuel. Normally, I like to do one post but this one was especially long, so I decided to split it into two. Thank you so much for your patience and without further ado, let’s get to it.
A Goliath Problem
Have you ever had a problem that seemed so big that it seemed so impossible to solve? Well, that my friends, is what can be referred to as a Goliath problem. This is based on the infamous story of David and Goliath and as we are about to see, there is never any problem that is too big for God to solve.
So, the Israelites were at war with the Philistines and in 1 Samuel 17: 4-6 (GNT) states:
4 A man named Goliath, from the city of Gath, came out from the Philistine camp to challenge the Israelites. He was over nine feet tall 5 and wore bronze armor that weighed about 125 pounds and a bronze helmet. 6 His legs were also protected by bronze armor, and he carried a bronze javelin slung over his shoulder.
The Bible also says that “Goliath had challenged the Israelites every morning for forty days and forty nights.”
Has that problem been challenging you and making you feel small? That is exactly what Goliath was doing to the Israelites.
Now, one day David came to the Israelite camp. He really had no business being there but his father had told him to go and check on his brothers. Thank God for that! Sometimes, God will dispatch something or someone that seems so random to help you solve your problem.
When David saw this giant challenging the people of Israel, he got upset. How dare this man challenge the people of the Living God? My dears, you are royalty. You come from the Ancient of Days and so whenever a problem starts to challenge you, remember who you are!
So, David told Saul that he wanted to fight Goliath and so, they strapped him up with a sword, helmet and an armour but David could not walk in it. So, David decided to pick what he knew. 1 Samuel 17: 39-40 (GNT):
39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor and tried to walk, but he couldn’t, because he wasn’t used to wearing them. “I can’t fight with all this,” he said to Saul. “I’m not used to it.” So he took it all off. 40 He took his shepherd’s stick and then picked up five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his bag. With his sling ready, he went out to meet Goliath.
When David approached Goliath, Goliath taunted him. He was so sure that he could beat David. He was so sure that he could destroy him but David knew that He had the Most High God behind him and he said in 1 Samuel 17: 45-47 (GNT),
45 David answered, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LordAlmighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. 46 This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head. And I will give the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds and animals to eat. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a God, 47 and everyone here will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.”
And with his slingshot and a stone, David defeated Goliath with just one hit. Goliath came tumbling down and that big problem was a problem no more! Somebody, give the Lord a shout of praise!
Today, I prophesy into the lives of those reading this that that Goliath problem that has been caused you grief and pain will be destroyed today in the Name of Jesus. God is with you my loves. Just trust in Him.
The rest of 1 Samuel was really about Saul trying to kill David. Saul was jealous of David. He knew that God had chosen and instead of trying to rekindle a relationship with God, he spent this time chasing and plotting to kill David. There were at least two occasions where David could have killed Saul but he didn’t because he respected the fact that God had chosen Saul to be the first King of Israel.
There was a point when Saul sent three thousand of his best soldiers to find David. THREE THOUSAND MEN! All to kill one man. When the enemy is afraid of you, he will deploy all his resources to try and destroy you. Do not fear! God is with you and whenever life seems to be so hard, remember that you are a force to be reckoned with and that is why the enemy is trying to bring you down.
Finally, in Chapter 31, Saul and his sons died in battle!
That is it guys! I really enjoyed writing this. Remember how I said yesterday that I was trying to get back on track with my spiritual journey, well believe it or not but writing this post just rejuvenated my drive. God is so good! This post just encouraged me and just made me feel better about everything that I am going through and I hope it does the same for you too.
God is with you my darlings! Never forget that. I started 2 Samuel yesterday and I’ll be back to talk about it when I’m done. Hope to see you then.
Till next time, my darlings ❤
God bless xx