A Fight for Authority

​In 1 Sam. 17 we find the account of David and Goliath.  This is a familiar text which reveals David’s triumph over the Philistine champion. It is apparent that the armies of Israel had been challenged by this giant to send one man to represent God’s people in battle against him.  If the Israelite soldier won the battle the Philistines would become slaves to the nation of Israel.  However, if the Philistine champion won, then the children of Israel would become their slaves.  One of the risks for anyone who would represent Israel was the fact that Goliath stood over nine feet tall.  He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. (1 Sam. 17:4-7)  The Bible confirms that the men of Israel were afraid of this giant.  As a result, no one took the initiative to fight against the Philistine champion.
 
Hindsight has shown us that David was sent by his father to check on his brothers. David, the Bible confirms, arrived just about the time Goliath came out to challenge the armies of Israel.  In fact, this had been going on for about 40 days without a response from anyone on the Lord’s side. Having read the account, we are aware that David ultimately accepted the challenge and defeated Goliath. We are also told that at this time the army of Israel engaged in battle.  David was used by God to bring about a victory for His people. In addition, David became famous because he not only defeated the giant, but did it at a young age with no formal battle training.  The only training that David had was from his faith in the Lord. He testified that God had delivered a lion and a bear into his hand while he was caring for his father’s sheep. By faith David concluded that the giant, Goliath, was no different than the lion or the bear. If God had given him victory over these beasts, He would surely give him victory over the Philistine champion.  History validates the faith of David as the children of Israel were delivered from the oppressive attack of the Philistines.
 
This epic battle between David and Goliath serves as an example of a greater battle that has been going on throughout the ages. This battle will always involve a struggle for authority although the ones in arms may be different. The battle for authority includes every human being. No one is exempt from this battle.  Rest assured that the enemies of life will come daily to challenge one or all to meet them in battle. Although these enemies of sin, sickness, lack, and deception – just to name a few – may seem huge in our eyes, we can be assured that our God has given us a champion as well. Like David, our champion was also sent by His Father to check up on us. It is quite possible that our Father realized that we were suffering the threats of the accuser and had failed to realize how faithful He had already been in our lives. It is no coincidence that when it seemed like all hope was lost, that there was no one who could step up and represent our cause before such a foe - that Jesus arrived just in time. He defeated Satan and caused his demonic army to flee. Be warned that this is a fight for authority.
 
Let us be clear that each one of us has authority. It was given to each of us at the beginning as dominion and now remains with us as faith. We must remind ourselves of the battles we have won by the help of our Father and also trust that He is able to give us the victories for the struggles that lie ahead. Like David, I encourage you to exercise your faith and believe that your current battle is no different from those of the past. Be reminded that if your God gave you victories in battles represented by lions and bears, He will also cause you to triumph over every Goliath that comes across your path. Let us rejoice that in spite of the fact that there will always be someone or something that will challenge our authority, our God will never fail to fight on our behalf or to stand in the gap for each of us. Jesus has already defeated the enemy! Let us follow Him into battle against our enemies because their giant has already been slain.

​​​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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