*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
Read 1 Samuel 17.
This is a familiar story, Israel was at war with their enemies, the Philistines. Instead of both armies fighting, the Philistines suggested the battle be won or lost based on the outcome of one Israelite soldier fighting Goliath. Goliath was a massive Philistine soldier. Day after day the Philistine army sent Goliath out to taunt the Israelites, asking if anyone was willing to fight him. But all of the Israelites were afraid to fight him.
Then one day a younger brother of some of the Israelite soldiers came to the battleground to bring food for his big brothers. When this shepherd boy named David heard Goliath mocking the Israelite army, he began asking questions about what was going on. David was then brought to see the Israelite king, Saul. David told Saul that he was willing to fight Goliath. Saul questioned whether or not David could fight Goliath, but David explained that he had fought and killed a bear and a lion while he worked as a shepherd. “If God took care of me while I fought the wild animals, He can help me fight Goliath” (1 Samuel 17:37).
Saul offered David his armor (which did not fit) so David took just his slingshot and some stones and headed out to fight the giant. As David approached Goliath the big soldier mocked David. David replied, “You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will help me defeat you” (1 Samuel 17:45-46). David put a stone in his sling and fired it at Goliath, striking him in the forehead. The mighty giant fell to the ground. When the Philistines saw their hero was dead, they all ran away. David trusted in God and God gave him victory.
Every day we have our own battles to fight against temptation. Examples of ways that we can be tempted include disobeying your parents, whining when you don’t get their own way, refusing to share or teasing a sibling. Just as Goliath was the enemy of the Israelite army, Satan is our enemy. The Bible says that Satan is like a lion on the prowl, looking for someone to defeat. If we ask God to help us say, “No!” to temptation, He can give us the same kind of victory He gave David. But if we trust in our own strength, it will be much harder to have the courage to do right instead of wrong.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Dear God, thank you that You promise to go before me and always be with me and that You will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8). In Jesus name, Amen.
1. Who was Goliath?
2. How did Goliath challenge the Israelites every day?
3. Why was everyone afraid to fight him?
4. Who was David?
5. Why did David think he could take on the giant, when none of the Israelite soldiers were brave enough to fight him?
6. What did David mean when he said “the armies of the living God”?
7. What did Saul say to David when David offered to fight the giant?
8. What was David’s reply?
9. Was David’s confidence in his own abilities, or in God?
10. What did David say when Goliath mocked him?
11. Who won the battle?
12. What kind of battles do you fight each day?
13. Can you fight these battles with your own strength?
14. Who is strong enough to help you win the war against sin?