Friends, I apologize for no Men’s Daily Briefing for last Tuesday through Friday. There was a communication breakdown on my part while I was on vacation.
For the next few days I would like to look at the Battle between David and Goliath. I encourage you to read 1 Samuel 17 and reflect upon it. This is not just a little kids’ story, it is a wonderful picture of a real event that God gives us to show how we can conquer any giant with God’s help.
Today’s briefing looks at the first part of this text. The enemies of God, the Philistines, were camping on God’s land and taunting Him and His people. This took place for 40 days.
Enemies of God camped on God’s land!
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
(1 Samuel 17:1)
Notice that the Philistines are camping in a land that “belongs to Judah.” This was the property of God and His people, and yet the enemy was waging a war there.
Also pay attention to the fact that when Goliath, the great intimating and impressive warrior, came to mock Israel, he did it for 40 days, saying the same words morning and evening.
40 Days, 80 Times, Same Words, God’s Land
The enemies of God were taunting Israel and their God for 40 days, morning and evening, saying the same words. Quick math will tell you that at least 80 times Israel heard these mocking words. Remember they are camping on God’s property. They are not shouting from a safe distance on their own land, they are right in the living room of the people of God.
He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
(1 Samuel 17:8-11)
For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
(1 Samuel 17:16)
As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
(1 Samuel 17:23)
What was the result at this point? The great King Saul was afraid, and so were all the men of Israel. Remember that the people wanted a king to go out and fight their battles (1 Samuel 8:1), and God gave them King Saul. But where is King Saul? Cowering with the rest of his men.
Here is the main point for today, men. Satan and all his forces are camping on God’s property. They are not taunting you from a safe distance in their own land, they are right in your living room. They are on your computer and on your phone. They are in your mind. They are in your church. They are fighting to break up your marriage. They are seeking to destroy your kids and your relationship with your kids. They are at work seeking to corrupt you with materialism and unfaithfulness. Satan is defying God and His people and he is sending out his “giants” to say we cannot overcome those giants.
Are you and I going to be the Saul’s who cower, hide and do nothing to face those giants? Or are you and I going to be like David who saw the reproach coming to God and Israel through this Giant and face it head on with God’s strength?
More coming tomorrow, Lord willing.