“Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” (1 Sam 17:48)
The battle between David and Goliath is so iconic that any underdog struggle is compared to it: The whistleblower vs. the Mega-Corporation, the underrated high-school football team vs. the state champs, the small-town lawyer vs. the federal bureaucratic machine, etc. We like our against-the-odds stories and David’s battle against the giant Goliath is a statistician’s nightmare.
But if David teaches us anything, it is that God doesn’t care about the odds, or if anything, He enjoys seeing His people defeat the odds. After all, it is God that set the stage for David and Goliath. Certainly He could have routed the Philistines some other way, but instead, He chose to let a brave young man of faith take on their champion head-to-head.
So, we are given this beautiful scene of Goliath swaggering confidently toward the battle line as the Israelite army looks on. And what do they see? David “ran quickly” to meet him and God received the glory.
Forget about the odds. Run quickly toward the battle lines so that God may be glorified. Our Father loves a good David and Goliath story.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chr 16:9)
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites