269 – Are You A David or Goliath?
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Tonight my wife and I were watching a new season of Survivor. This seasons theme is David Vs Goliath. One tribe, David, was made of people who overcame many obstacles from physical to socioeconomic to life experiences that challenged everything about them. The Goliath tribe on the other hand, while having an awesome work ethic, had a better up bringing , more beauty, and many more advantages in their lives.
From the beginning, while the Goliath tribe did better physically, the David tribe was more compassionate, more collaborative, and more sociable than the Goliath tribe.
In life we want to have both David and Goliath traits but which ones are you key traits?
- A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels;on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. – 1 Samuel 17:4-7
- David said to Saul, “Let no one lose hearton account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lionor a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine – 1 Samuel 17: 32-37
For today’s scripture, I chose two parts of the David Vs Goliath story. The first describes how strong and powerful Goliath was. He was given so many opportunities from strenth to size to weapons and wealth. He had every opportunity. I chose the David description to show his youth,his disadvantages, but also how others under estimated him. Then he stood up to Saul first and explained how strong he was. Most important, he had God on his side. We know how this ends. 2000+ year old Spoiler warning – David wins.
In our lives, I think most of us have been David’s at one time or another. Some much more often than the rest. There are some who are mostly Goliath’s with a bit if David thrown in. Being a Goliath isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s how you use it. Being a David isn’t necessarily a good thing, it’s how you use it.
God has given us all skills and abilities. The key is that God is with us and all things are possible. We have to chose which strength for which tasks. it doesn’t matter where we start, it’s what we do with God on our side.
Are you a David or Goliath? Does it matter? Look to the Lord for the strengths he gives you. We all have the strength of Goliath if we have the faith of David.
Lord, help me to always be humble in all I do. Allow me to be like David and use the strengths you give me.