And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 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: 4, 10-11 ESV
Saul and the Israelites drew a battle line against the Philistines at the Valley of Elah. However, they were not expecting the Philistines champion, Goliath. Goliath was 6 to 9 feet high and his armor weighted roughly 121 pounds. Saul and his men were terrified of Goliath, running away when they heard him challenge them. The Israelites refused to face Goliath’s challenges for 40 days, until David visited the camp.
As he [David] was taking 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. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid. And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17: 23-24,26
David is sent by his father to visit three of his older brothers were in the army. David was the youngest of his household and a shepherd of his father’s sheep. However, God had bigger plans for David. David was shocked when he heard Goliath mocking the Israelites. He was also surprised that none of the other Israelites had faced Goliath and let him freely defy Israel and God. So David decided to take things into his own hands.
Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine. And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and stuck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. 1 Samuel 17: 40, 43, 45, 49, and 51 ESV
David was the only Israelite brave enough to face Goliath. He knew God was on his side and would protect him, just like God had protected him against wild animals that had attacked his flock of sheep. And, just like David said He would, God gave His protection. David brought Goliath, a massive champion, down with just a sling and a stone. God had a plan for David’s life, and worked things together for his good, even before he was born.
Nahshon father Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse. Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third, Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, Ozem the sixth, David the seventh. 1 Chronicles 11-15 ESV
David’s great grandfather was Boaz, who married Ruth. Ruth’s story is an amazing example of God’s care and protection. Through Ruth, David and eventually, Jesus would come to further God’s plan for earth. God would later work all things together for Peter.
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. Acts 12:6-7 ESV
Peter was imprisoned by Herod to appease the Jewish leaders, who hated him for preaching the gospel. Herod had already killed James the brother of John and Peter may have wondered if he would be next, but God had a different plan. An angel freed Peter from his chains and led him out of the city. Peter went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, before heading to another place.
But the word of God increased and multiplied. Acts 12: 24
Dear God, please guide me through my life. Please protect me like You protected David and Peter and give me courage in the face of adversity. In Your Holy Name, Amen.