Falling Forward for God’s Glory
Posted on April 7, 2017 by Graeme Wilson in Victory Call
There’s a story in the Bible that really intrigues me, the story of David and Goliath. Whenever I have “giants” in my life, whenever things seem too big for me to handle, I think about how God used David against all odds.
Everybody told David that he couldn’t battle Goliath, that there was no way he could beat him. They didn’t fully believe in God’s power and capabilities… but David heard the blasphemy that Goliath was speaking against the Lord, and he was not accepting it. When Goliath told David to “Come here and he would feed [David’s] flesh to the birds and wild animals,” David said “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:44-45).
All it would take is faith in what the Lord could do. David, the youngest son of Jesse, who seemingly had no special qualities about him, beat an almost-10-foot-tall giant… with one small, smooth stone. Really think about that and try to wrap your mind around it – it’s so amazing! Do we approach the “giants” in our life with the same faith that David did?
There’s another part of this story that I think is so cool, and that’s the fact that when David’s stone hit Goliath’s forehead, he didn’t fall backward. He fell face first to the ground. I’ve always wondered why that was. Didn’t that contradict the laws of physics? I think it’s because if Goliath had fallen backward, David would have gotten all the glory. People would assume that Goliath was killed by David’s strength. By Goliath falling forward, it proves that it was the LORD that conquered. The Lord got all the well-deserved praise and it was His people that won the war against the Philistines. Nothing is too hard for the Lord!
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!