Whether or not you are a Christian, it is impossible in this day and age to not have heard the story of David and Goliath. It is used as an example in sports, world affairs and many other areas of life. Until recently, I have never actually read the story.
There were two mountains, with the Philistines camped on one mountain and Saul and the men of Israel were camped on the other mountain with a valley between them. Neither side would move into the valley because they would be at a strategic disadvantage. So Goliath would come out each day and challenge Israel to send out their best warrior to do battle with him. Whoever was the victor would win the war and this way there would be very little bloodshed.
Saul and his men were afraid of Goliath due to his massive size and strength. He would come out each day and hurl his challenge along with insults at the Israeli forces. Then along comes David. While Saul and his men saw an enemy so large that he seemed invincible, David saw a target so large that he couldn’t miss it. David talks Saul into fighting Goliath and they dress him up in all kinds of heavy armor. David had so much armor on that he could hardly move and he was not used to this kind of equipment. He finally got rid of all the armor and just grabbed his sling and 5 smooth stones from the brook. David then enters the valley and slays Goliath with one stone thrown from his sling.
David was not afraid of Goliath and didn’t need any of the bulky brass armor or helmets that the army normally used in battle. David knew that God would protect him. In a way he was wearing God’s armor when he went into battle. This story leads to one of my favorite passages of scripture in the Bible. It’s Ephesians 6:10-20 NIV.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
I pray each morning before starting my day and leaving the house for work. In a way, through faith and prayer, I too am putting on the Armor of God before setting out to face the world. In these trying times, we are faced each day with what seems to be insurmountable odds. It would serve us all to cloth ourselves in God’s Armor. If it protected David, it will truly protect us.