In the case of David and Goliath, we assume that David was a huge underdog in this battle in the valley of Elah in Israel. Goliath was huge – a giant!! He could have crushed David without any difficulty... if David allowed himself to get that close, that is. From our perspective, and in the way that the story is often told, it looks like little David has no chance against Goliath. However, Malcolm Gladwell points out that once David began twirling his sling above his head it would have been apparent to those on both armies who were watching the scene below them that Goliath was in trouble.
The problem the Israelite army had was that they were agreeing to fight the Philistines on Goliath’s terms, using single combat. In the ancient world, to diminish huge amounts of bloodshed, the armies would agree to each send their best soldier to fight each other. The winner of the duel would determine the winner of the conflict. The Philistines sent Goliath but no one from Israel’s army was brave enough to face the mammoth warrior... until David came along. And David had two advantages.
First, And most importantly, David knew that God was with him and would give Goliath to him. He was not afraid because he trusted that God would take care of him and use his “disadvantage” to a great advantage. God was on David’s side.
And secondly, David had no desire to engage Goliath on Goliath’s terms. David was thinking creatively because he knew that if he got close enough he would be easily killed by Goliath. He couldn’t match him strength for strength. That forced David to be creative in his approach, which was for him to use his sling to kill the giant Goliath.
So what is the point? We have talked before about how difficult it can be for a small multi-ethnic church to make it in a world and culture of mega-churches. We cannot “compete” with all the programs and staffing – all the bells and whistles of a large church. Now, I’m not saying that the mega-churches around us are like Goliath and God wants us to get rid of them. Far be it! God is using all churches to advance his kingdom. But my point is that we must be true to who we are and also be creative in how we do our work.
God has called us to serve people who may not always fit in everywhere else. God has called us to be a church where people, no matter who they are or what they have done, can fit in and be a part of a living body of Christ. I am convinced that God has a plan and a role for Faith Church in this community and we simply need to be willing to be used by God to do it.
That is why I have been praying earnestly that God will bring others to join us on this important mission Faith Church has. I urge you to continue to be praying as well and see how God may bless our small creative efforts so that we can do great things for God.