When Goliath came out to defy Israel, 1 Samuel 17:24 says that the Israelites were terrified and ran away in fear.
But then David arrives on the scene. And David was a different ballgame.
“As he (David) was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.”
1 Samuel 17:23
Goliath’s mistake–David heard it.
Same giant. Same message.
Different ears heard it.
When David heard Goliath, he processed his message differently. Others were fearful and ran away when they heard his threatening words. But not David. David didn’t magnify the giant. He magnified His God! He knew this giant had barked up the wrong tree. He allowed the voice of truth to overshadow and outweigh the voice of the enemy’s lies.
“David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?'”
1 Samuel 17:26
And remove the disgrace from Israel, David surely did. The stone in his slingshot hit the bullseye of the target on the first try. Bye bye Goliath.
So the next time you “hear” the voice of your enemy, your Goliath, choose to process his words differently. Filter his message through the truth of God’s powerful Word. Stand firm. Don’t magnify Goliath. Magnify your God. Then stand back and watch your enemy fall.
May the enemy of your soul make the same terrible mistake as Goliath–
that YOU heard it!
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” I John 4:4