by Irving C. Tomlinson
The triumph of the boy David over Goliath is a good lesson in overcoming the Philistines of the flesh that often try to antagonize peace.
David did not see defeat, but victory. Realizing the presence and power of God, he reflected and manifested this power. He knew that the cause was God’s, and that with Him, victory was certain.
One of the imaginary foes we have to meet is that of worry. Even from a human standpoint, there is no good whatever in this imaginary Goliath. Give no place to worry, but rely on the ever-present omnipotence of God. “One on God’s side is a majority,” no matter how overwhelming the force of the enemy may appear.
Another imaginary Goliath is discouragement. The army, as David found it, seemed to be overwhelmed with fear that blinded them to man’s dominion. But remembering the lion and the bear which he had slain, he knew that God had strengthened him and given him the victory. He was sure, therefore, that no foe could stand before the power of the Almighty, and this assurance made it a joy for him to go forth to meet the enemy, that he might prove it to be nothing, an illusion of mortal sense without life or mind.
We can all learn to “take pleasure in infirmities,” because every obstacle met and destroyed brings us nearer to the Principle of true being. Every problem spells victory, since our watchword is, “Who is so great a God as our God?”
The tiny stone sent forth from David’s sling was a missile of Truth, before which error, though in giant form, had to fall. In reality these giants have no power and can produce no effect on him who fights “the good fight of faith.” The divine Love that in the past has met every need, is with us here and now; and with God on our side, we can “meet every adverse circumstance as its master.” (S&H)