by Pastor Toks Oshokoya
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. …. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid…. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause 1 Samuel 17: 4-11,25
When Saul and all Israel heard the words of Goliath they were dismayed and greatly afraid. This happened because Israel had taken their eyes off of God. David had a different perspective. He saw Goliath’s words as defying the armies of the Living God. What’s your perspective as you face Goliaths today? What are you looking at?
We all individually and collectively received a commission from the Lord from the very moment that we believed. Just as David did not let anyone dissuade him when he faced Goliath, you need to be learn how to ignore the words of those who will try to distract you from the commission God has given you.
The Scriptures in Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20 are what theologians generally refer to as the Great Commission. The charge that the Lord gave here had always being from the beginning. The essence of the divine assignment remained unchanged although the content seems to have evolved – that God desires and shall in His determinate counsel bring righteousness down upon this world is certain. From the time of Fall in the Garden, God made a sovereign pronouncement in Genesis 3. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen 3: 14, 15
The conflict began in earnest between the generation of the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. In Genesis Chapter 6, all things came to head where God decided to intervene forcefully! (Gen. 6:1,4-5). This brought about the charge to Noah to build an ark of safety (See also 2 Pet. 2:4,5; 1 Pet. 3:20,21).
The pattern was thus made clear! To achieve the goal, God looked for men who found grace in His sight and gave them the charge to partake in the drive for global takeover of the kingdom of righteousness on earth. Hence since then, the charge had taken unquenchable life force in people that found grace in God. Examples include: Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3; Gal. 3:8,9), Jeremiah (Jer. 1:4-10), Ezekiel (Ezek. 2:1-7), Isaiah (Isa. 6:8-11). The call of these men was a type of “go ye” that we say in Matthew 28 when Jesus told His disciples to take the gospel to all the word.
The Davidic solution to the Goliath of our days is to make discples, fulfill the Great Commission.