Conor McGregor And The One Shot Wonder 

I have felt led in recent days to read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel. There cannot be many people, whatever their beliefs or backgrounds, who do not know the tale. How the poor shepherd boy came out of nowhere to defeat the Philistine giant armed only with a sling and a handful of pebbles. We all know it inside out. What possible extra learning could be gleaned from a story that I knew like the back of my hand?

Well, as usual when it comes to God stuff, I was wrong. To the extent where I think I will probably write a few posts about it. The first thing that surprised me was the length of the story. 1 Samuel Chapter 17 is a whopping 58 verses, the longest chapter in the book. Yet the actual battle scene itself lasts only two verses, beginning at verse 48. It is literally over in a second. Blink and you have missed it. A one shot wonder. Imagine your disappointment if you had paid big bucks for ringside seats to this one. 

The above analogy is not far from the truth regarding this biblical bust-up. It was akin to a heavyweight world championship bout in Las Vegas. The build-up, the hype, the trash talking, the huge audience. David and Goliath had all that. Goliath had bad mouthed the Israelite army for forty days in a row while Saul and his generals trembled in their tents. He was the bad boy of the Philistine army. Think Conor McGregor except without the ginger beard and Irish accent. 

The two most powerful armies in the world stared across the Valley of Elah waiting to ‘unleash hell’ on each other. It must have been an epic spectacle. You would  have been able to cut the atmosphere with a knife as over 100,000 heavily armed men, horses and chariots just waited for the one word that would change the world and their lives forever – Attack.

But that word never came. Day after day of inaction. Nothing. Bar Goliath’s daily taunting of the Israelite troops. Nobody fancied their chances against a guy who must have made ‘The Rock’ look like Papa Smurf. This guy had muscles on his muscles. If Game Of Thrones had been auditioning for extras back then he would have been an absolute shoe-in. 

Well, almost nobody. David fancied his chances. In fact he couldn’t wait. And to tbe amazement of everyone, including an incredulous Goliath, ‘David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him.’ He ran! Towards a nine foot plus killing machine. Armed with a sling! No sword, no spear, no armour, nada! And with one slingshot killed him stone dead. If you pardon the pun.

Imagine having that confidence. That faith in our God that we feared nothing and nobody; but instead charged headlong towards our biggest demons knowing that we would emerge victorious on the other side. David knew God was by his side as he ran towards Goliath. He described him earlier as ‘the living God.’ 

His God was not a distant, grumpy old man with a beard and white robes who sat on a cloud surrounded by cherubs playing harps. His God was not a once a week experience where you mouth a few hymns and pretend to pray to in order to keep your parents off your back. His God was not an invisible entity who you only turned to in a crisis when all your other more solid options had been exhausted.

David’s God was real. His relationship with him was real. As real as the relationship you have with your closest friends or family members. And like any genuine friendship it was built on trust. God had never let him down on the mountainside battling lions and bears and he wasn’t going to let him down now. He was 100% certain he was going to win as he ran towards his destiny.

He had stated earlier in the chapter that God was going to deliver Goliath into his hands. It was God who provided him with the strength to hurl the pebble across the valley towards his enemy. It was God who graced him with the laser precision accuracy to strike Goliath straight between the eyes. It was a golden shot. That once in a lifetime pitch that was destined to change history, bring David to the throne and eatablish a bloodline that would ultimately lead to a stable in Bethlehem. 

God is with you too when you face your greatest battle. That battle might be today, it might be tomorrow. It might be ten years away. But it will come. And you must be prepared. Like David was, honing his fighting skills and relationship with God during those long, hard years tending his father’s flocks in the remote countryside. He was ready when his greatest battle faced him. Ready physically, mentally and spiritually.

And when that moment comes you must recognise it and act upon it. David trusted and believed in God. To the extent that when his opportunity came he seized it with both hands. His brothers wouldn’t stop him. His king wouldn’t stop him. And a nine foot tall, swaggering bully wouldn’t stop him. He acted confidently when all around him was indecision and inaction. 

This has been a long post. Thanks for bearing with me. But the message from it is simple. Trust God. Believe that he will give you whatever you require to face, and overcome, your biggest battle. And when that moment comes don’t hesitate. Instead be the man or woman that our living God created you to be and run confidently towards the battle line.

1 Samuel 17:48-49 – ‘As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.’

When did you first learn tbe story of David and Goliath?

What battle lines face you today?

Are you prepared to run confidently towards them?


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  1. RE: Like David was, honing his fighting skills and relationship with God during those long, hard years tending his father’s flocks in the remote countryside.

    Thanks for this post! Yes, David’s physical preparation and spiritual preparation went hand in hand. Where are the shepherds tending the Lord’s flocks these days? [sigh]

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  2. God has prepared me for the battle against alcoholism, one minute at a time. He has helped me to overcome depression, anxiety, opioid addiction and severe emotional abuse. And God brought me out of the biggest nightmare of my life, and that was seeing the evil hold that the Jezebel spirit had over my sister. She is banished from my kingdom, and I will pray for her, but Abba opened my eyes, and he held me when I sobbed in protest.

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  3. “Trust God. Believe that he will give you whatever you require to face, and overcome, your biggest battle.”

    An insignificant stone. flying from the sling of a skinny kid that couldn’t even wear a warrior’s armor, dropped what had frozen the Israelit army in its tracks. I wonder what it was like. Did it make a sound as it flew through the air? Did it break the sound barrier? Was there a loud crack as it broke through flesh and bone? What was it like to watch Goliath fall?

    As long as I am armed with something, a stone, a prayer, God’s word, a friend, my church, my faith…God can drop my Goliaths even if I feel under-gunned and over-matched simply because I never fight alone.

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  4. Wonderful post!! The cool thing about David and his stones, yes stones. He used one for Goliath, but he had two others with him. Goliath had two other brothers, and they are later killed by David’s armies. David was prepare to take them all down, if need be. That’s stepping out in faith, knowing God is for us. I want to aim for that faith myself. : ) No worries about a long post. I’m there usually once to twice a week.

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  5. This was very well said! Normally, since I’m in a spot in life where I’m questioning exactly where my faith lies, I don’t tend to give religious posts a huge chance (though, I should). But, this one had a LOT of really good points and was very uplifting! I was actually in a very discouraged mood where I didn’t want to even do anything, though I knew that I should to feel better. Now, I’m a little more motivated. Thank you so much for this post! You’ve got tremendous talent!😊

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