Whenever God requires us to face trials and challenges, He always provides the courage to meet the demand. David was a man of extraordinary courage. It was not merely human courage, but providentially that courage was rooted in the Sovereignty of God. In I Samuel Chapter 17, we witness God’s supernatural strength in action in David.

  1. Courage is grace under pressure – Defeat is never a viable option for the person of courage. As David faced the battle with Goliath, he never thought about defeat. I Samuel 17:45 says, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a javelin but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.” People of courage refuse to look for ways of escape. They fix their eyes on advancement and the consequent victory. Never go into battle entertaining thoughts of defeat.
  1. Courageous people recall past victories and God’s faithfulness. When David was shepherd, he had faced enemies as vicious as Goliath. In I Samuel 17:37, David said that the Lord who delivered him from the paw of the bear will deliver him from the hands of the Philistine. Instances of God’s deliverance from ferocious animals were fresh in his memory. David expected that the same powerful God would strengthen him against the fearsome giant.
  1. Courageous people look to God and trust His guidance David faced stumbling blocks before he faced the enemy. But he remained undaunted. His brothers mocked him. They even taunted him in I Samuel 17:28. We read that David’s brother, Eliab’s anger was aroused against David. He said he knew David’s pride and the insolence of his heart. Saul pacified him by saying that he was not able to go against the Philistines and fight with Goliath because David was a young man and that Goliath was a man of war from his youth. Saul’s entreaties and the brother’s accusation did not preclude the possibility of doing the exploit.
  1. A courageous person applies resources at hand in creative ways in the face of heavy odds. David determined to accept the challenge. Being endowed with the attributes and characteristics of courage, David chose five smooth stones and a slingshot as his weapons instead of the heavy armour of Saul. He knew he was no match for the Philistine warrior. He sensed the presence of the Lord of Hosts, who has never failed him. He was bereft of human support. He was clothed in strong faith in the Living God. He was sure that mere men cannot penetrate nor defeat God centered faith. One man with courage makes a majority. The course of the first stone slung by David was directed by God and it never missed. The mark that the stone hit,was the spot which was unguarded. At last Goliath found his doom.
  1. A courageous person confronts an opponent with confidence that he will ultimately succeed- neither David nor the soldiers of Israel had the natural ability to defeat the giant. But while one party focused on its ability, the other party focused on God’s provision and remained confident. The only difference was focus. When we face life’s trials as David did by faith, we become men and women of courage and the victory is always ours. It is better to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

“But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do  exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)