1Samuel 17:1, 8-11 NKJV Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim. (8) Then he (Goliath) stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. (9) If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” (10) And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” (11) When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
Let me unpack this for you… The Philistine army has decided to invade Israel. They have gathered, camped, and now coming out against Israel on land that the Lord God of Israel gave to the Israelites as their “everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8, Genesis 15:18, Joshua 22:4, Exodus 12:25, Exodus 13:5). The Philistines led by one of their mightiest warriors, Goliath, is encroaching on Israel’s land; land that was promised and given to them by God. The Philistines are trying to steal something that God has given to His people and Saul, the Israelites king and all of the Israelite army was greatly afraid.
Fear has set in because they are looking at their enemy. Goliath is bold, brash, arrogant, not to mention massively strong and just down-right huge. The Israelites are too busy looking at the natural circumstance that they have overlooked a few huge variables. One God promised this land to them as an everlasting possession. That means God has got a stake in the outcome of this battle. Two is that God is on their side. But praise God, there was one 14 year old boy who knew of God’s faithfulness and His promise to Israel.
1Samuel 17:45-47 NKJV Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (46) This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. (47) Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
David recognized that the Philistines were more doing more than just attacking Israel. He realized they were attempting to defy the Word of the Lord. Armed with that truth, David confronted the situation (Goliath and the Philistines) that was attempting to steal the blessings of God.
If circumstances are attempting to encroach upon what God has given your or trying to steal God’s Covenant promises for you, do not fear. The attack is not against you. The attack is against the truth and reality of God’s Word. Do not fear. God’s Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). Equip yourself with His Word concerning His promises. Your faith will rise. Then confront those fears head on. You will triumph. You will win. And just like Goliath, your fear inducing circumstance will fall. Fear Not!