Facing Giants in Life and Work
Mar 18, 2018 潘智翔牧師 Rev. Justin Pan
1. Giants You Need to Face
12 David’s father Jesse was an old man, who belonged to the Ephrath clan and lived in Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons: 13-14 the oldest was Eliab, the next was Abinadab, and Shammah was the third. The three of them had gone off to fight in Saul’s army. David was Jesse’s youngest son. 15 He took care of his father’s sheep, and he went back and forth between Bethlehem and Saul’s camp.
1 Samuel 17:12-15 (CEV)
B. Fear: Everyone was afraid
8 Goliath went out and shouted to the army of Israel: Why are you lining up for battle? I’m the best soldier in our army, and all of you are in Saul’s army. Choose your best soldier to come out and fight me! 9 If he can kill me, our people will be your slaves. But if I kill him, your people will be our slaves. 10 Here and now I challenge Israel’s whole army! Choose someone to fight me! 11 Saul and his men heard what Goliath said, but they were so frightened of Goliath that they couldn’t do a thing.
1 Samuel 17:8-11 (CEV)
C. Disapproval: Other Peoples ‘Opinion
28 David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. Eliab was angry at him and said, “What are you doing here, anyway? Who’s taking care of that little flock of sheep out in the desert? You spoiled brat! You came here just to watch the fighting, didn’t you?” 29 “Now what have I done?” David answered. “Can’t I even ask a question?”
1 Samuel 17:28-29 (CEV)
32 “Your Majesty,” he said, “this Philistine shouldn’t turn us into cowards. I’ll go out and fight him myself!” 33 “You don’t have a chance against him,” Saul replied. “You’re only a boy, and he’s been a soldier all his life.”
1 Samuel 17:32-33 (CEV)
2. How We Defeat the Giants
A. Remember how God’s helped you in the past
36 Sir, I have killed lions and bears that way, and I can kill this worthless Philistine. He shouldn’t have made fun of the army of the living God!
37 The Lord has rescued me from the claws of lions and bears, and he will keep me safe from the hands of this Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:36-37 (CEV)
B. Do it in God’s way: Use His tools for you
38 Saul had his own military clothes and armor put on David, and he gave David a bronze helmet to wear. 39 David strapped on a sword and tried to walk around, but he was not used to wearing those things. “I can’t move with all this stuff on,” David said. “I’m just not used to it.”David took off the armor 40 and picked up his shepherd’s stick. He went out to a stream and picked up five smooth rocks and put them in his leather bag. Then with his sling in his hand, he went straight toward Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:38-40 (CEV)
C. Expect God to help me for His glory
45 David answered: You’ve come out to fight me with a sword and a spear and a dagger. But I’ve come out to fight you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful. He is the God of Israel’s army, and you have insulted him too! 46 Today the Lord will help me defeat you. I’ll knock you down and cut off your head, and I’ll feed the bodies of the other Philistine soldiers to the birds and wild animals. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a real God. 47 Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 (CEV)
1. When God gives you a dream, there is always a delay, what did God teach you while you waited on Him to make your dream happen?
2. Goliath berated the Israelites and they were afraid; what negative voices usually make you afraid?
3. How do you keep yourself motivated in the face of disapproval?
4. Have you experienced God’s help before? How this experience can help you in your current situation?