David and Goliath
Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 Samuel 17:1–17:58
The story of David and Goliath captures our imagination. It has taken on a life of its own even in our broader society. “David and Goliath” has come to be an expression that means the underdog really can defeat the favorite. We use it in politics, sports, and business. “You really do have a chance if you just try hard enough and believe in yourself!” it seems to tell us. But is that the point of the Biblical narrative? Does the Lord want us to believe in ourselves? If we look closely (and listen to the words of David), we get a much different picture. David did not trust his abilities (although he had them); he did not count on his hard work (although he came forward where others would not); instead, he trusted in the living God. He knew that the Lord would not allow His glory to be mocked by Goliath and that He would be with David in the battle. This is how we must view the trials of our lives. Despite the circumstances or even the outcome of events, we must trust the true and living God, who will triumph in the end. That is the meaning of the story of “David and Goliath” (1 Samuel 17:1-58).
I. Difficulty in Standing with the Lord
A. The World Mocks
B. The Church Doubts
II. Standing with the Lord
A. Faith Speaks
B. Faith Acts
III. Result of Standing with the Lord
A. God’s Glory Seen
B. God’s Salvation Seen
Questions for consideration: (1) How does criticism from the world affect your desire to stand with the Lord? How can you overcome that? (2) Why is it important for faith to speak? How have you communicated your faith in Jesus to others? What opportunities have you had? (3) What is the main point of this passage? Why is it important to think about that?