I love it when this happens. You know, that moment your reading something and it just jumps off the pages and right into your heart. Like the time I was reading a book, and the words dream center leaped off the pages and right at me. Or how sometimes it’s a scripture that seems to appear out of nowhere, like what happened to me a few days ago.
I LOVE the story of David and have read 1 and 2 Samuel so many times, especially 1 Samuel 17. I could get pretty close to reading it word for word, but page jumpers still happened. Just like the words in 1 Samuel 17:54 jumped out at me like I had never read them before.
“David took Goliath’s head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put Goliath’s weapons in his own tent.” 1 Samuel 17:54 CSB
David had defeated the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone and decided he’d better go ahead and chop his head off for good measure. When he finished taking care of Goliath, He brought his head to Jerusalem, but it says in verse fifty-four that he put Goliath’s weapons in his OWN tent.
This caught my attention. And I wonder, Why, Lord? Why did he need Goliath’s weapons? He had fought a giant and won with nothing more than a sling and a stone, why keep his weaponry? And I believe it was provision for what would lay ahead of him. God knew that David would need those weapons not necessarily to fight physically with but to fight mentally, to remind him of what God had done before. When he looked at those weapons, he could be reminded that God was bigger than any giant and their weapons. He could defeat the greatest defenses with greater faith. Those weapons would give him the courage to fight more giants in his life. The biggest one of all being King Saul. God needed him to never forget, to never doubt what he could do when he fought by faith.
I don’t know at what point it happened, but the weapon ended up in the town of Nob where David visits with a priest named Ahimelech. David told him that he was on an urgent mission from the king and needed bread and a weapon. The priest told him, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it” (1 Samuel 21:9).
I wonder when David heard what weapon was available if it caused him to remember that God was able to beat this giant just the same as the giant Goliath. God had always been with David and wouldn’t abandon him now. I also find it interesting the sword was wrapped and placed behind the ephod ( a sleeveless garment worn by Jewish priests.). While David may have felt the need to find protection from Saul, the ephod may have reminded him of his faith in God, our high priest was going before him and would fight this battle too. No sword needed, only faith in God to fight for him!
I understand too well the need to grab my weapons and head out ready to fight my battles, and I believe there is a time for us to act. But more often than not, we try and go ahead of God, to fight battles that He intends to fight for us. Our faith in Jesus should always be our plan A, not our plan B. So today I challenge you to think back for a moment, remind yourself of what God has done for you. The battles he’s won for you, the giants in your life that lay lifeless and headless. Remember what He’s done and that if he did it then, HE will do it again.