There are so many Bible stories that I love, in fact I refer to several of them as my favorite Bible story. The story of David and Goliath is at this moment, my favorite. It starts with 2 armies facing one another separated by a valley. The strongest, most feared warrior in one army is calling for the other to send their biggest, baddest warrior for a duel to the death in order to determine which army is superior. No one answers…
One day, as was done every day, this warrior calls out and defies everything that the nation of Israel stands for, and David had a Popeye moment. Though he had not experienced Goliath’s mockery before, he had enough. David was ready to take action. Just a shepherd boy, many thought that he was unqualified, untrained, and should go back to his sheep. David’s answer? “No one else was there to witness this, but I killed a lion once. It came in and tried to eat one of my sheep. I rescued the sheep from the lions mouth, and killed it. Something similar happened once with a bear. I have killed both a lion and a bear. I can handle this disrespectful Philistine.”
David knew something that King Saul and the whole Israelite army did not know: you can not defeat giants in public, until you have won a couple of battles in private. Had David now won killed the lion and bear, he could have gotten himself all psyched up, put together a great plan, but the end result probably would have been something different from what did happen.
It is easy to begin to think that we have it all figured out: the enemy has already been defeated by the cross, we are more than conquerors, if God is for us, who can be against us, etc. However, until a couple of battles are won in private, winning in public is near impossible.
Another great example of this is TV games shows. While I can not assert this as fact, I can not imagine that those who do well, and win large sums of money simply don’t addition for the show and show up and win. They probably spend countless hours watching the show, and running drills, or practicing in other ways. In the newest of game show phenomena Minute to Win it, the contestants constantly refer to their practice while competing in the challenges.
So the next time that temptation comes your way, remember two things: 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except for that which is common to man, God is faithful He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear,” and this is just practice so that I can defeat the giants later in life.