Changing the mode of battle

Picture the scene from Goliath's point of view. See I Sam. 17:38-50; He was expecting someone in armor, carrying a sword, to come out of the camp of the Israelites and meet him in hand-to-hand combat. Instead, there stood David, with no armor, carrying only a staff in his hand. Goliath was not only astonished, he was insulted! "Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?" he roared. (Goliath was apparently referring to the shepherd's staff David carried, a staff he might have used to drive off a wild dog trying to attack his sheep.)

But Goliath was totally missing something. For in his other hand, apparently unnoticed, David held his sling. Through reliance on God, David was about to completely change the mode of battle and thus win the victory. And what was about to occur was entirely beyond Goliath's ability to foresee or comprehend.

What parallel can we draw from this today? Can we learn to be modern-day Davids, trusting in God and toppling giant false beliefs with well-aimed truths?

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