Goliath was a well-equipped warrior who intimidated the people of God. The old Goliath is gone, slain by David, but the spirit of his type of attack continues to thrive, especially in today’s workplace.
David faced his Goliath and won and you can do the same. The following four excerpts from 1 Samuel 17 describe Goliath’s methods, as well as the keys to David’s victory.
Expect your Goliath to bring a fight to you.
First Samuel 17:1, 4: “Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Socoh in Judah … A champion named Goliath … came out of the Philistine camp.”
Goliath and the Philistines invaded Judah. They were interlopers who waged war on God and his people. Today’s Goliaths will do the same. They are adversarial and unrepentant, and they will bring a fight to you.
You and your Lord Jesus Christ are the targets. Jesus says in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Being the target of a modern day Goliath confirms the effectiveness of your Christian witness to others.
Today’s Goliath will attempt to control you through fear.
First Samuel 17:11, 24: “On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.”
Goliaths are bullies. Saul and the Israelites were “dismayed and terrified,” and they cowered before their Goliath. Goliaths wield power, flex their muscles, and shout commands. If your Goliath is your supervisor, don’t cower or run. Keep doing your job; do it with excellence and to the glory of God.
Today’s Goliath will expect you to fight their way.
First Samuel 17:38-39: “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off.”
David rejected man’s conventional wisdom and took off Saul’s armor. David responded on his terms and with his methods, not Saul’s or Goliath’s. Take the high road when facing your Goliaths and don’t stoop to their low tactics.
Take God’s side in the battle.
First Samuel 17:45-46: “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.’”
The key to David’s victory becomes clear when he declares, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” To invoke the “name of the Lord” is to invoke the authority of the Lord. Make David’s strategy your strategy. Take God’s side in your battles.
In the end, 1 Samuel 17:50 tells us, “David triumphed over the Philistine.” God is stronger than all of the world’s Goliaths and his victories are perfect.
Some in the workplace will bring a fight to you. Don’t cower before them or stoop to their low-tactics. Take God’s side in your battles.