STACKING HEADS AND CHIPS
If you're familiar with the story of David and Goliath, David a young shepherd boy, makes promise to the then, King Saul of Israel, that he would kill the biggest giant of the Philistine army, Goliath. Upon hearing the words of this vibrant, young, all be it, small fellow, King Saul looked at him with a little smile and probably a hint of annoyance. David explained his skills at killing lions and bears when they tried to steal any of his lambs from the flock.
“When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.” I Samuel 17:34
King Saul pictured little David catching a lion or bear by the jaw and clubbing it to death like it’s just another day at the pasture. Perplexed and downright confused, King Saul gives him his blessing and sends him off to fight. He probably said to himself, “Ok bruh, do ya thing, but don’t get mad when he rips ya head off and feeds it to the lions and bears, just saying.” Now, David on other hand knew for a fact he would kill Goliath. It wasn’t like he didn’t have any skill at killing a living thing, but this time it was against a skilled warrior since his youth. That didn’t deter David from his ultimate goal: kill Goliath.
King Saul seeing young David’s determination to destroy Goliath, offered him armor to wear before heading into battle. However, the armor was too cumbersome and he took it off. “I am not use to them,” David said, so he took them off. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag.” I Samuel 17:40 David wasn’t use to armor. He was use to wearing linen shorts and shirt, because its keep you cool in the desert heat, and some pretty legit leather sandals. He accessorized with a “shepherd’s bag” or our modern day fanny pack. The fact the author mentioned the accessory proves David’s fashion forward sense was way ahead of his time. Also, it showed what may shepherds at the time were rocking while tending their flocks. You can’t wear just anything to the office, right?
King Saul probably looked at him with pure sadness because he liked David. He knew once he went out there, he would get squashed like a Jerusalem grape. He likely said a prayer, “Dear God, please make his death quick and painless. Amen, oh and thanks for the crown.” However, what happened next is a true testimony to what happens when faith takes over.
David met a lot of taunting from the opposing side, once he stepped on the battlefield. “Hey, you little so and so, go home and blank your mamma.” Listen, they were foul mouth warriors, who lived hard lives and killed for fun! Baring a wide toothless grin, Goliath howled with laughter and joined in the taunting with a very colorful array of trash talking of his own. As with all bullies, they are verse in trash talking and use their size and empty words to intimidate their opponent. Poor dummy had no idea what awaited him.
But David not backing down like a champ, fired back with a few words of his own. “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” I Samuel 17: 46
David got a closer to the giant, reached into his leather fanny pack, pulled out the stone and with his sling, aimed and fired. The stone landed right into Goliath’s head. He stumbled and fell face down. David ran over to Goliath took the giants sword and chopped his head off like A BOSS.
This story excites me! Yes, it’s pretty morbid, but the message is very powerful. First, we cannot dispel the importance of faith whenever we meet a Goliath in our lives. Yes, Goliath was a giant, but while David was a small youth, inside his faith rivaled the size of his opponent. Whether our Goliath is a person, job, disease, relationship, you my friend have the power to change the course of how you handle your giant. Now, I’m not saying that you chop the head off your giant. I DON’T RECOMMEND IT BECAUSE NO HUMAN’S THAT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO CATCH A CASE! My point is that each of us has a David inside of us. A giant in us that wields their faith and hope so deeply, it can slay practically any sized giant or mountain we face.
Here’s a bit of advice from a someone who has faced her fair share of giants and still is, BE STILL in Christ. This scares the enemy! The enemy loves commotion, chaos and discourse and feeds off of it. Putting all your trust in the Lord’s words upsets the enemy. Instead of doing the worldly thing, like arguing, take a note from Christ and flips things around. Why not create chaos in the house of enemy? He did it to you, so why not return the favor? Creating paranoia and fear in the enemy makes them believe you’re plotting something, when in actuality, you’re living the best life in Christ, living in peace and tranquility. As you’re admiring the sunset, walking in Christ’s love, while the enemy’s freaking out, unhappy and unsatisfied. Keep in mind, the enemy is NEVER SATISFIED, they want everything and nothing. Goliath wanted another kill because he wasn’t satisfied and look where it got him, missing a head.
So, the moral of the story is don’t mess the little guy with the faith-filled fanny pack, he or she will use your weapon to kill you.