Goliath

by rbaterna

During the time of King Saul the Philistines invaded Israel with an army together with their champion Goliath a giant with the height of 6 cubits and a span or about 9 feet and 9 inches

As was normal in those days Goliath challenged the army of King Saul to bring out their champion to a one on one combat with these words:

“if he be able to fight with me and to kill me then we will be your servants but I prevail against him and kill him then ye be our servants and serve us” 1 Samuel 17:9

The idea of the challenge of champions is to save the unnecessary deaths by the clashing of the full armies in the battlefield and save the men from both sides from inflicting horrendous damage against each other.

Or in the event that no prior arrangement was made, as a form of morale boosting event for the army of the winning champion as was in this case.

Not a single member of the army of Saul volunteered after seeing Goliath a man of almost 10 feet in height clad with armor and with spear dared to fight him

King Saul even offered a huge reward to anybody that dares to fight Goliath by offering the hand of his daughter, great riches and free his father’s house in Israel (no taxes).

David was sent to the battle ground by his father to bring food to his three brothers and to the other members of the army.

As he was talking with his brothers he heard Goliath shouting and challenging the champion of king Saul’s army to come out and challenge him in a one on one combat and saw the soldiers of Israel running with so much fear.

David made some very strong comments against Goliath that his brother Eliab got angry at him but still he continued until King Saul heard it and called him

Upon meeting King Saul he boldly told him

“Let no man’s heart fail because of him, thy servant will go and fight this Philistine”

When Goliath saw David he mocked him but David told him:

“…………….thou comes to me with a sword spear and shield but I come to thee in the Lord of Host…….this day the Lord will deliver thee into my hand ……….” 1 Samuel 17:45-46

David slain Goliath in their personal battle with one small stone hitting his forehead from his sling.

In our lives Goliath represents our fears. Our lives have many goliaths that sometimes it overwhelms and paralyze us and just like the army of Saul we run away from fears.

Wikipedia defines fear as a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat.

Some of our common fears are

1. Death
2. Failures
3. To be poor
4. Non acceptance or social rejection
5. Being alone

Additionally fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance.

Your uncontrollable fears will lead to anxiety

Webster dictionary defines anxiety an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs
by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat and by self doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.

The physiological signs of anxiety are normally the following:

1. Heart palpitations
2. Fatigue
3. Nausea
4. Chest pains
5. Muscle weakness
6. Stomach and headaches

Goliath represents your fear let me again read 1 Samuel 17:9

“if he be able to fight with me and to kill me then we will be your servants but I prevail against him and kill him then you will be our servants and serve us”

The Bible verse is telling us that if Goliath or your fears conquer you, you will become servants of your fears but if you conquer fear then fear will be your servant

The reward of conquering your fears as Biblically represented by the offer of King Saul are riches success and wealth

David taught us that the way to conquer your fears or the Goliaths of your life it is through the Lord of Host and through boldly claim

” this day the Lord will deliver thee into my hands”

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