The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fail - 1 Samuel 17:11,26 (KJV)

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fail

“When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid”. 1 Samuel 17:11,26 (KJV).

David heard the same words that Saul and the Israelites heard, yet he had a totally different reaction... And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, "What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God”? 1 Samuel 17:26 (KJV)

It is not the things on the outside that control us, but rather, it’s the way we think on the inside that makes the difference. It’s not what others say about us that affects us. It’s how we think about what others say that makes or breaks us.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make me feel inferior without my consent.” David was different than all the rest of the Israelites. He heard the same words but he wasn’t afraid of Goliath. He wanted to know what would be given him if he killed the giant. Giants are opportunities. The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and the greater the victory. We never would have heard of David if he had killed a dwarf.

In David’s statement lies one of the great keys to why he reacted differently than all the rest of the Israelites. He called Goliath an “uncircumcised Philistine.” This revealed that David evaluated Goliath’s abilities not according to his size, but according to his covenant, or lack thereof, with God. David and the Israelites were the ones whom God had given promises of victory over their enemies. Goliath had no covenant with God. He was defenseless. Likewise we have to evaluate every circumstance or difficulty we face in the light of God’s covenant with us.

If we have a promise of victory from God, then no person, situation, or devil is too big to overcome.