Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:48
I see why God loved David so much. When he saw Goliath, the giant Philistine, taunting the Israelite army, he didn’t think twice about taking him on. He didn’t try to be smarter than faith.
We read in the Bible that we’re supposed to have faith in God. At first, we try to generate that faith of our own strength (although Ephesians 2:8 tells us that true faith is actually received as a gift from God). In an attempt to do that, we often try to help God out by figuring out exactly how He could save the day. The problem is, as we start our analysis of the situation, we inevitably become myopic in our vision until all we see are the circumstances. We soon use our “intellect” to assure ourselves of the impossibility of 300 men defeating innumerable multitudes (Judges 7:2,7), or of water springing forth from a rock in the desert (Exodus 17:6). In this way, we try to be smarter than faith. We think we know better than to believe in God’s power.
David, though, put faith in God first, and everything else second. He knew that he didn’t need to be anything special, because what mattered was who His God was. When it came to Goliath, he didn’t think about his short stature or how Goliath could, with one finger, snap his neck like a piece of dry spaghetti. His faith in God was so big that there was no room left for fear.
“This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:46-47
David talked a big game, but he didn’t doubt for a second that God would give him a decisive victory over Goliath. The Word says that he ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. The mental image reminds me a lot of the time my sister’s tiny Yorkshire Terrier ran off a German Shepherd!
If we doubt, we’ll stay put. But if we truly believe, we’ll RUN to the battle line!