DAVID AND GOLIATH

 

The Jews are great at story!

 

Once up a time there was a shepherd boy called David. He looked after his sheep on the hills above Bethlehem. The country was at war, and David’s brothers were in the Jewish army was fighting the enemy far away. All the Jews were trembling because the enemy champion fighter was a huge giant called Goliath! He was a fearful monster!

 

Everyone was really scared, and they were all too frightened to take him on in single combat, he was so fierce. He would surely make mincemeat of anyone who dared to fight him.

 

David turned up with some food supplies for his brothers and asked why they were all hiding. “It’s because of that huge fierce giant Goliath” they replied. He is so scary, no one dares fight him, and we are all pinned down. They shivered with fear!

 

“Giants don’t scare me” said David, God is on my side! I will fight this giant all on my own.” All his brothers thought this was a hoot and laughed and laughed. Fee fie foe fum……..

 

David tried on the King’s armour, but it was all too big. So he left it behind, and just took his trusty catapult with some sharp stones from the stream. David used this all the time looking after his sheep fighting wolves, lions and bears.

 

Goliath strode up to David and brandished his sword. “What a little squirt you are David. I will chop you up and feed your flesh to the birds” said Goliath. But David took his catapult, took careful aim, and sent the stone whizzing straight towards Goliath’s head. Goliath was hit and fell stunned. David raced up, took the giant’s sword, and cut his head off. Goliath was dead!

 

Great yarn! As Simon Schema says, being a Jew is being a of an amazing story.

 

What we learn from this story is that if God is on our side, giants of all kinds need not scare us.

 

And what Giants might we need to fight today? Several spring to mind. Giants like anxiety. Anxiety if not treated can lead to migraine, agoraphobia or depression. It is very common in our society. Do you fight giants like that? It is a mighty giant!

 

Then there are giants like loneliness and social isolation. It can be caused by bereavement, unemployment, all kinds of misfortunes. It can lead to feelings of lack of self-worth, even eventually to suicide. Do you fight giants like that?

 

Then there are giants like addiction: to booze, drugs, gaming, gambling, all that kind of thing. Addiction affects our money, relationships, our work, and can end in self-destruction. Do you fight giants like that?

 

Then there are giants like self-obsession: career obsession, all the ostentation that goes with them. So often despite the apparent success it all leads to isolation, and a sense of existential pointlessness. Many times I have taken the funerals of ostensibly rich and successful people whose personal life has been a complete disaster. So sad. Do you fight giants like that?

 

Of course there are many more ‘Giants’ about. You are probably already making your own list. So what can we learn today?

 

That all sorts of giants will fall if we ask God help. Like David, we have to try it and see. It’s a bit scary sometimes. But God is on our side, so remember, biggest isn’t always best!

 

What weapons shall we use to fight our giants? A catapult? No, St Paul tells us in 2 Cor 6:

 

….but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;

 

Handy tools. Do use them. And the giants will fall. Please remember that sorts of giants will fall if we ask God help. Like David, we have to try it and see. It’s a bit scary sometimes. But God is on our side, so remember, biggest isn’t always best!