(June 26, 2014)
The story of David and Goliath has many meanings, but perhaps nothing captures the truth of this story than to look at it as a type of the conflict between Christ (and each of us) as David and Satan as Goliath. Satan is formidable, to be certain, and we cannot hope to fight and prevail over Satan on his own terms. No amount of metaphorical swords can help us through our battles with him. But in the battle to save souls, the victory is in the Lord’s hands – and no armor or sword or strength can prevail against the Lord (or us, on His errand) in an eternal scheme of things.
We each face Goliaths in our lives (I happen to be facing one right now). I am getting a great deal of advice on how to handle this situation and most of that advice can be summarized as to take on armor, or get a better sword, or do similar temporal things to protect myself for the battle that everyone seems to think is inevitable. While I hope conflict isn’t inevitable, and that this confrontation ultimately is resolved, I would rather be carrying a sling on the side of the Lord than be armored on the side of Satan. For we are not in conflict with each other, even when we might think we are (we are never enemies to each other). We are on the Lord’s side or Satan’s side and the other side is our enemy.