Radio Program Print # 61, CT# 105313
Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Rd-
Orlando, FL 32805
"DAVID AND GOLIATH: FACING GIANTS WITH FAITH AND SLING"
I Samuel 17
In this passage in the Old Testament is found one of the great stories
of the Bible. When you think of David, you nearly always think of Goliath
at the same time. Most of us cut our "Old Testament teeth" on the story
of David and Goliath. It's the classic example of the underdog, the little
man against the big one.
And so we look at it right now in terms not only of what happened
I iterally, but also what God intended this story to be spiritually for
edification in our lives.
What and who are your giants? Everyone has giants in their life. The
giants are different, I'm sure. What is a giant to me may not be a giant
to you. What is a giant to your neighbor may not be a giant to you. But
everybody has some kind of giant in their life. It may be in the form of
a disappointment that has come your way. It may be in the form of a job
promotion you didn't get. It may be a child that just didn't come up to
your expectations. It may be a challenge in front of you, and you are
saying, "Lord, I don't know whether I can handle that or not."1
It may be a decision. It may look so awesome that you're afraid to
even think about doing what God is telling you to do. But if you don't
have a giant in your life at present, there will be one. Some are put on
us by the world, and some by the devil, but there will be giants in the
land in which we live - in our lives.
David faced a giant, and as we look at this amazing story, let's learn
from it. Let's begin now by noticing in verses 1-3 the battleground. Where
did this classic struggle take place? You notice in verse 2 that it was
in- the Valley 0- Elah, which- was about one mile wide. It had a ravine down
the middle of it, where the runoff from rains and streams came. It was
about ten to fifteen feet deep, and it is loca ...
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