DAY 33: A Giant Defeated

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”(1 Samuel 17:49 )

A bully. That’s what Goliath was. Goliath was an Old Testament bully and most people were afraid of him.

But not David. And yet David is described as one of the least likely candidates to go to battle against Goliath. David’s brothers thought he was out of his mind thinking he could defeat the giant. And when David stepped forward prepared to battle against Goliath, Goliath was offended that the Israelites would present such an opponent. “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” (1 Samuel 17:43 ).

Nevertheless, against all odds David fought Goliath . . . and won. We can say that it was David’s stone and slingshot that killed Goliath, but we know that it was actually God’s power and presence. In fact, that is what David depended upon. When David met Goliath, he 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 defiled.” (1 Samuel 17:45 )

A bully defeated. Hooray!

But that’s not all that happened that day. When David defeated the giant the men of Israel and Judah were able to pursue the Philistines, defeat them, and plunder their camp. But that’s not all that happened that day.

Before the battle David was told that the king will give great wealth to the man who kills the giant. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel. But that’s not all.

This event helped to establish David’s authority in the eyes of others.

Overall, the implications of David’s defeat of Goliath were . . . immeasurable.

Isn’t much the same true as a result of a capital campaign? Your ministry may be attempting to raise a certain dollar amount in order to facilitate the construction of a new building or an expansion of a ministry endeavor. But raising that dollar amount isn’t actually the primary goal. Raising the dollar amount is really only the beginning, just as defeating Goliath was only the beginning.

As you work towards meeting the goals of the capital campaign, pray for the Lord to show you all the other immeasurable blessings and outcomes that will flow from this effort as well.

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