via: Pentecostal Evangel By Gary Rogers
Why didn’t Saul fight Goliath? Saul was king of Israel. He was head and shoulders taller than his contemporaries. He was a striking and impressive man. Goliath was a giant and the champion fighter in the opposing army. Goliath stepped forward and began to blaspheme God and the nation of Israel. He challenged Israel to find anyone who would fight him, with a winner-take-all proposition. Saul evaluated the situation and began to take applications for anyone other than himself to fight this giant.
Saul had the physical appearance that made him impressive, but he wasn’t willing to fight. Saul had the anointing of God as king upon his life, but he wasn’t willing to fight. Saul had this opportunity given him to do something great for God and country, but he wasn’t willing to fight. Why didn’t Saul fight Goliath?
Over and over we find ourselves in battles not of our choosing. A giant crisis or temptation appears. We may feel intimidated, accused and insulted. The circumstance seems beyond your scope of resources or abilities. Something needs to be done. Someone needs to step forward and confront this situation head on. When this happens to you, do you respond like Saul and try to find a replacement fighter, or do you step forward and confront the problem head on in God’s empowering?
We begin to understand why Saul refused to fight as we look more closely at the story (1 Samuel 17). Saul depended on human resources more than on God. But Saul’s physical resources were no match for Goliath’s. Saul also was more concerned with the acclaim and approval of people than with obedience to God. Hearing the accolades of women in the streets proclaiming his success in battle was important to Saul. To go against a giant one on one would leave no one to blame for defeat if the fight went bad. Saul was in a position of being held completely responsible for the outcome. Because he couldn’t put his complete confidence in God, he was insecure about the outcome and didn’t want to lose his popularity with the people. Saul chose not to fight.
David stepped up and fought the giant. David placed his full confidence in God. David didn’t care what people thought. He just asked, “Is there not a cause?” The cause was more important than the acclaim. The cause motivated David to action. Now, what is your cause? Saving your marriage? Reaching your wayward teenager? Finishing college? Receiving God’s direction for your life? Remaining faithful to God in the midst of temptation? Overcoming depression, fear or worry?
Your cause is worth fighting for. Like David, step up and face your giant, and in God’s strength watch that giant fall.
— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.