45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:45-46
Tomorrow at Graystone, I will be teaching from the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). It is a familiar story but there are some “hidden nuggets” that apply directly to my topic: “Raising Kids That Become Champions”. Anyway, I will not have time to share this Biblical principle, so I thought I would give my devoted (Saturday) blog readers a little lagniappe.
The key to David winning the battle against Goliath was in whose name he was fighting. Goliath was representing himself (Champion) and fighting in his own name on his own behalf with his own strength. David was not fighting in his name. He was not representing David or even his father Jesse’s household. He was representing and fighting in the name of the Lord Almighty.
When we go out to fight our daily battles at work, the classroom, the ball park, against our temptations/”demons”, etc. are we fighting in our own name based on our own credentials and strength? Or are we fighting in the name of God, representing Jesus (CHRISTIAN), and relying on the power of God?
Whatever giants we face, we need to remind ourselves that “The battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47).