Flat on Your Face

Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 17:1-11, 26-32, 38-51  (day seven) 

The particulars are mentioned, but it really didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that Goliath was 9 feet tall or that he wore 126 lbs. of armor or that he yelled really loudly. Those things impressed Israel, but they didn’t matter in this battle.  The only fact that mattered to the outcome of the battle was the mocking. Six times in this passage Goliath taunts or defies God.

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.  (1 Samuel 17:45)

Defiance always leads to destruction.  When you refuse to acknowledge God as the author of the universe by leaning on your own strength and understanding you will fall.  There is no other way.  You cannot sustain yourself, especially with a pride like Goliath. Whenever we think we finally have the battles of this world figured out on our own we will fall flat on our faces.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  (Proverbs 16:18)

Author: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

One thought on “Flat on Your Face”

  1. Great reminder, “Defiance always leads to destruction.” God has the power and authority over the earth. His power and authority are unlimited. Defiance of God’s supreme power and authority over the earth and over His creations will surely lead to destruction.

    Overall, defiance of authority from those who have the authority over us will lead to destruction. No one can be self-sufficient on this earth. God created us and He expected us to obey His law. We all depend on God for survival. How can anyone dare challenge God to whom we are totally dependent on? Leaning on our own strength and understanding will definitely an unwise move. We will fail for sure.

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