Be the Underdog!

Be the Underdog!

Everyone loves a good underdog story.  And one of the best is the story of David and Goliath. David was a young shepherd whose job was to take care of his father’s sheep. And he evidently took that responsibility very seriously as we know that when his sheep were threatened by both a bear and a lion, David did not back down from his duty to protect his sheep. Scripture tells us that when a lion or bear took one of his sheep, that he went out after it and plucked it from its mouth!  And he did this armed  with only a shepherd’s staff.  I can imagine that many shepherds might have thought “oh well, what’s one little lamb.”  Also, we know from scripture that David knew that he didn’t face the bear and the lion alone in his own strength.  David clearly gives God all the credit when he said in I Samuel 17:37 “…The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine (Goliath).” David knew very well that he, alone, was no match for a bear or a lion.  But, he also knew that a bear and a lion was no match for his God! So when David saw Goliath taunting and defying not only Israel’s army but it’s God, he saw not a giant, but someone who was not in covenant with God (uncircumcised Philistine). And David knew that Goliath sealed his own fate when he cursed David remembering God’s promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:3). David did not go by sight but by faith! When you are facing a giant, see it through your eyes of faith and allow God to show Himself strong on your behalf and fight that giant for you!

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”    1 Samuel 17:34-37 (NKJV)

3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; Genesis 12:3 (NKJV)

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)