While none of Israel’s soldiers could muster the courage to face Goliath, even after hearing his taunts day after day, it only took David hearing him once before he was ready to face the giant. An unlikely hero stepped forward to face the enemy of God’s people. But as we know, David would not face Goliath by himself. Sure, he was the only one Goliath saw walking into the valley to face him, but David was not the only one there. In fact, he wasn’t even the primary one there: God was.
If we read ourselves into this story as David, at this point we will be prone to identify our need to live with courage, dependent on God. And there is nothing wrong with that, but if we do, we miss the greater lesson here for us. If, instead, we see ourselves as the Israelites and David as a hero outside of ourselves, we see the beauty of the gospel. Jesus is the greater David. Jesus was the unlikely hero who stepped forward to face off against the enemy of sin and death and defeated them in the power of God. He did all this while we looked on as He fought in our place.
How might you attempt to fight in your own power instead of resting in God to fight for you? Why?