The account of David and Goliath is certainly one of the most often told, best loved stories in all the Bible. It is the story of the “underdog,” young David, triumphing over the boasting, bullying brute, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, the enemies of God’s people. Goliath had stymied the army of King Saul with his size and supposed invincibility. But when David, probably no more than a teen-aged boy, came on the scene, he saw him for what he was – and why. Goliath was nothing as also the whole Philistine army behind him. Why?
Goliath was challenging anyone to come out and fight against him. And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” (1 Samuel 17:10-11). When king Saul and the army of Israel “heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”
David took Goliath’s dare. He wasn’t afraid because he knew something neither the Philistines nor Saul nor the army of Israel knew…
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:46-47 ESV).
Throughout history men have made their “Goliath” boasts against God, against His people and against the Bible. They have said that the Bible is obsolete – that “science” (read that: atheistic evolution) has replaced it as the controlling story for current civilization. They have said that within a few years Christianity will become extinct – or relegated to a minor religion on a world-wide scale.
Yet in spite of these boasts the Bible remains by far the #1 best seller of all time It has been printed in more than 2,000 languages and dialects so far, with an estimated total of more than 6 billion copies sold. In addition to printed Bibles, there is no way to determine how many people regularly access the Bible in numerous languages and versions on numerous internet Bible programs. Many people who have set out to disprove the Bible have become believers after learning what it really teaches. For all the attacks against it, The Book still stands, unaffected by all the futile efforts of puny men.
Though impossible to know exactly, current estimates of the number of believers in Christ (of whatever description) worldwide is somewhere around 2.18 billion, or nearly a third of the estimated 6.9 billion 2010 global population, according to a Pew Forum demographic research report. “There has been a recent surge in membership in parts of the West, and in the East the numbers who are becoming new Christians daily is astronomical. There are estimated now nearly 100 million Christians in China (compared with just 5,000 in the 1960s)” (wiki.answers.com). Christianity is not about to disappear from the earth.
Statistics by no means prove the rightness or wrongness of those who claim to be followers of Christ, but they do tell us that there are multiplied multitudes of people who are trying to the best of their knowledge and ability to serve Him. I would by no means say that God could not use these people to accomplish His purposes in this world. Although there is no way to prove that God was using them, there were professing Christians in the lead against Communism when it fell over 20 years ago.
Before making boasts and threats against God and the people who believe in Him, all who would do so need to beware. They may fancy themselves intellectual giants, and “defy the ranks of Israel” but they are nothing before Him because, as David said, “the battle is the Lord’s.” Whoever chooses to fight against Him is fighting a losing battle!
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