1 Samuel 17 – What is challenging your God?

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 17 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

We see the armies of the Isreallites and Philistines come against each other in battle. The Israelites were scared of the Philistines because of their champion named Goliath. Golaith was described was a giant, and he came out daily to taunt the Israelites.

I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man who will fight with me!” When Saul and the Israeli army heard this, they were dismayed and frightened”. (v10-11 TLB)

The Israelites were afraid and terrified of the challenge from Goliath and this made me think how many times I tremble at the sight of a challenge. The challenge the Israelites were facing wasn’t aimed at them but at the God they claimed to serve. The Israelites once again had forgotten about God. They didn’t think to consult God and ask for His help rather they trembled and lived in constant fear of Goliath.

How many times do we, like the Israelites, tremble at the sight of a challenge or problem? It’s like we completely forget about how big our God is. Do we even remember to pray and ask God for help or do we resign to our fate?

They were so terrified of him that they ran away any time he came close. However, the story of the Israelites was about to change for good as a result of a young boy named David.

He understood who God is and had been on the receiving end of His help in the time past: against lions and bears that came against his fathers sheep. He knew the power of His God and no challenge (no matter how big or small) was going to make him doubt his God’s ability.

How well do we know our God?

Let’s look at David’s response when he heard Goliath bragging…

“.... Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” (v26b NLT)

David was angry and saw Goliath as not just challenging the Israelites but their God. He felt it was an insult to God.

One key thing I want us to notice here is that David’s boldness was not based on His strength, rather it was based on God’s strength and ability. He knew that with God on his side he could deal with Goliath just like the lions and bears in the past. 

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it 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 have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (v32‭-‬37 NLT)

David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and 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! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord ’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (v45‭-‬47 NLT)

His past experience of God gave Him assurance. He knew that if God did it before he can still do it again. 

What experience do you have? Can you recall them to memory and let them boost your faith in God?

David acknowledged the fact that the battle was God’s to fight and that he was just an instrument in God’s hands. 

Today what challenge or situation are you facing that is defying God in your life? I urge you like David did to confront that challenge in the name of God; the commander of the host of heaven and let it know how big your God is. 

Remember with God all things are possible (LK1:37) and all power belongs to Him. 

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening.


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