David Vs. Goliath: The Classic Underdog Story

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

David may have looked like an underdog on the outside, but, on the inside, his faith was larger than Goliath.

It doesn’t matter how big and bad your problem looks. The question is, “How big is your faith?” For there is no problem bigger than GOD!

David and Goliath is the classic underdog story. We are told all odds are against David. There was no way he could win this fight! He was a small boy facing a 9-foot-tall man. He was an inexperienced shepherd fighting a trained warrior from birth. David comes to the battle ill-equipped; while Goliath is dressed in full battle gear, David brings only a slingshot and a few stones. How could David face such a opponent? How could he expect to win?

What problems in your life do you seemed unprepared for? What mountains are you facing? What enemies threaten your livelihood?

One of the reasons we battle Goliaths is to increase our faith in the power and will of God. It does not matter how frightening the situation seems, God is waiting for us to look toward Him for help. It does not matter how little we feel and how big our problems are. We must know how big God is.

For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? (1 Sam. 17:26)

David is described as a man after God’s own heart. He was a man of faith. He had a close relationship to God and was offended by Goliath’s spectacle. No other soldier had the same boldness. No other soldier accepted the challenge. Everyone else was terrified of Goliath. And Goliath was confident that no one could beat him. Was David smoking something? What is it that he saw that others did not?

Everyone but David was looking on the appearance of things. Everyone else was trusting in their selves and their own capacities.

‘Of course Goliath will win, he looks more than capable of winning any fight!’

No! Actually, Goliath had no chance against David. David had all the odds in his favor because he did not look at himself; he looked at His God.

Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” (1 sam 17:32-37)

David’s weapon was his faith in God. His experience was the precious testing of his faith in God. And, from his experience, he knew no enemy was bigger than his God.

Have you had intimate experiences with God? Do you have a testimony? Has God delivered you from anything?

 All Christians can surely expect to go through trials. The Christian-life is not one of ease and comfort. Our faith must be tried. Yet, if we want to be victorious, we must spend time getting to know God. If we spend quality time with God, our faith will increase. In times of adversity, our faith would keep us. We will never be an underdog to any problem because we have God with us!

Goliath received a rude awakening. Goliath was unprepared for this battle. Goliath was just a small boy facing a large man of faith. Goliath was naive and brash. He never had a shot! He thought he did! He thought he could rely on himself and his strength and training! He never looked up to God. He didn’t know God. He probably did not think he needed to for he was Goliath! He was a boastful fool!

Will you be like David with the experience needed to be successful through every trial? Or will you be like Goliath, who walks into a fight boastful, only to be knocked down and to have your head chopped off? It’s time to dig deep into our faith and truly seek to know God. It’s time to get the training we need for the fight that is coming our way–the fight that is already at our door. It’s time to be like David and have a heart for the things of God. The odds will always be in our favor!

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