1 Samuel 17:32-49, A Gigantic Problem (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:08+00:00

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1 Samuel 17:32-49

A Gigantic Problem

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1 Samuel 17:32-49

A Gigantic Problem

By Lois Parker Edstrom

1 Samuel 17:32-49

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible. Goliath was a very large man. Some say he was a giant, almost ten feet tall. (Indicate with a point of reference the measurement of ten feet.)

He dared the Israelites to send out one of their men to do battle with him and he said “if you win we will be your servants,” but Goliath really didn’t think that would happen because he was large and strong and had heavy armor and weapons.

David, who was only a young shepherd boy said, “I’ll go.” He took only a sling and five stones with him and you have probably heard what happened when the giant approached. “David put his hand in his bag, took a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine (Goliath) in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and (Goliath) fell on his face to the earth” (17:49).

What can we learn from this story? Have you ever had a problem that seemed bigger than you? Did you feel frightened? Did your problem seem impossible to solve?

Perhaps the lesson of this story is that we have more strength than we think we do. David was brave and he trusted God to give him the wisdom and strength he needed to meet the giant.

It may be helpful, when you are worried or frightened, to remember the story of David and Goliath. We are brave, we are strong, and we can come to our problems as David did, “in the name of (God)” (17:45).

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan