As I read the account of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 again recently, the volunteerism spirit of David to fight Goliath stood out. Most of us are familiar with the epic battle between David and Goliath, but we tend to overlook the events that led David onto the battlefield. However, if David hadn’t courageously volunteered himself, there would have been no victory to speak of.
If we wish to live a life of faith, we can be sure that we will surely come face to face with the giants in our lives not once, not twice, but continuously throughout our lives. It is one thing to have to face the giants that we simply cannot avoid, or to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from the sidelines. However, it is quite another to knowingly court after the giant when it would have been easier to mind our own business, watch on, walk away, or simply leave the fight to someone else. Think about all the times when we quietly shy away when matters of the faith are the menu on the table. David, on the other hand, was neither intimidated nor unnerved for he knew who he was in God.
By earthly standards, David did not fit the characteristics of a great warrior at all. Yet, David begged King Saul for the chance to face the giant. One would either marvel at his misplaced sense of confidence, or assume that David had grossly overestimated his own abilities.
To understand the volunteerism spirit David possessed, we have to read 1 Samuel 17:36-37. David neither volunteered out of ignorance nor ego. He volunteered to defend the faith! When real soldiers in King Saul’s armies thought that Goliath was too big to fight and were crippled by that fear, David, the shepherd boy, thought he was in fact too big to miss. There are two groups of people in the church today. Are we the petrified soldiers, or the shepherd boy? David drew a line in the sand for God. Will you and I do the same? I pray that we will only fix our eyes on the greatness of our God and not the size of the giant before us.
David’s faith is both sobering and encouraging to us. We must not quit easily in matters of faith when things don’t go our way, or when things are not to our liking. While our path to victory may be a trying journey, God is our defender!
Will you volunteer to fight Goliath to defend the faith like David? May the sleeping David in each of us awaken and rise up in the Lord!
“Sometimes God will put a Goliath in your life, for you to find the David within you”. – Anonymous