For the past couple of months, the Youth and I have been going through a book called, “Questions of a Curious Nature: The Incredible Interviews of Annabelle Farrow,” by Matt Orth. One of the “interviews” that takes place in the book is with King David about his battle against Goliath and something stuck out to me that I hadn’t noticed before.
The story of David vs. Goliath is one we have all heard a million plus times. It’s one of the first, if not the first, Bible story we are told as a child. It is a brilliant showcase of just how powerful God is and why we should put our trust in him. There is so much focus on the central figures that it’s easy to forget that anyone else even exists in the story. It’s easy to forget that the Israelites and the Philistines both had large armies ready to fight. In 1 Samuel 17:20-21, we see David going to the battlefield to deliver bread and cheese for his father. “He (David) reached the camp as the army (Israelites) was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines to face one another.” We know what happens next: Goliath comes and challenges Israel’s champion. The Israelites cower and do nothing. This happened for 40 days, every morning and every evening. Everyday, twice a day, the army of God would get up, put on their armor, make their lines, and shout a war cry. And yet every time Goliath comes, they cower. 80 times the army of God cowers before this man, a man openly differing the God of the Israelites, our God.
So what does this all mean for us today? I believe Matt, speaking as King David, sums it up in this quote:
You can look the part of a Christian, but there comes a time when obedience has to happen in the real world, not when you’re all together making noise together in God’s name. There has to be a moment when you personally step out into the real. Obedience doesn’t count in your head, and you can’t be obedient in the future someday or imagine yourself being this super saint full of radical faith. There is only the present context by which you find yourself with the present decision before you: Trust God or melt in with the crowd who talks about trusting God.
Caleb T. Brewer