Every person has the God-given right to become a giant-killer because they are made in the image of God. While faith in the human spirit or faith in your own abilities might prove to be somewhat effective, faith in God is what causes us to overcome. Anyone may overcome through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God leveled the playing field for all mankind when Jesus went to the Cross.
David didn’t have the benefit that a modern-day Christian has. He was operating under the Old Covenant Law and yet, because he trusted God; put his faith in God, the Bible is filled with references to David. Did you know that David was not God’s first choice as king of Israel?
In fact, had Saul been obedient to the Lord and remained humble, Samuel writes, “For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever” (1 Samuel 13:13, NKJV). That’s difficult for many to fathom. Had Saul obeyed the voice of the Lord (see 1 Samuel 13 and 15 respectively), we might not have ever heard of David.
David sinned in ways we would think were the most grievous of sins in the eyes of God and yet it was said of him, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22, NKJV). But wait! Didn’t David take another man’s wife and have that same man murdered? There is no record that King Saul ever did something so heinous.
What set these two men apart? To be a giant-killer, you must have a humble heart. Saul began well, but he soon became more concerned with what man thought than what God thought. David on the other hand, when confronted with his sin, humbled himself and repented before the Lord.
Another characteristic of a giant-killer: you must accept responsibility for your actions. God is a forgiving God and so often when correcting us, He is only looking for our repentance that He might restore us. I am firmly convinced that even after Saul’s unlawful sacrifice or his disobedience in handling the Amalekites, if he’d only repented; if he’d accepted responsibility for his failures, God would have forgiven him and allowed him to remain on the throne.
But Saul threw the people under the bus: “…The people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed…I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice” (1 Samuel 15:15&24, NKJV).
To make matters worse, once Samuel rebuked him, Saul cared more about what the people thought than the harsh consequences he’d just received, “I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord your God” (1 Samuel 15:30, NKJV). Saul wasn’t concerned with worshiping God, only that he looked religious before the people. God isn’t looking for a religious-looking person, He’s looking for one “…whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV).
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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