On Sunday, we heard the familiar story of David and Goliath, and I have to admit that usually, what I remember about this story is the triumph of the little guy. Like Rev. Elbert said, we love stories of the underdog. We root for the Cubbies. We watch The Karate Kid. We read Harry Potter. We love Glee. We cheer the Jamaican bobsled team.
But that's not really the point of the story of David. David didn't overcome a giant because of any special skill, and he didn't get lucky. David had a great degree of faith that God would provide for the security of God's people. David said, "battles are not won with spears or swords... The battle is the Lord's."
David knew that we ourselves don't have the kind of power it takes to defeat the kind of looming obstacle that Goliath represented. We have to rely on the greater power that God provides--and God is bigger--so, so much bigger--than anything that this world can throw at us.