My son, Hamish, graduated Year 4 last year and was gifted a book titled, “Doodle Devotions for Kids”. Each night we have read one of these together, as well as the passage of Scripture that the devotion related to. I have been reminded once again how God uses every opportunity to teach us about Him and His world and I have been encouraged by how God used very normal, very real people to bring about His plan!

Together, we have read and discussed various Old Testament stories - from creation to Noah, to Joshua and Rahab. Each of these people show a trust and understanding in who God is. None of them were powerful, none of them ‘the best’, none of them were perfect and none of them seemed to be the expected choice in who God might use, but each one played a part in God’s plan and reveals His love for His people.

One of these stories, which Hamish and I both loved, is the very well know story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Goliath in this passage is referred to as a “champion”, a man of incredible stature and strength, and at his taunts to fight the Israelites fled in “great fear”. For 40 days Goliath came and bullied God’s people, provoking them to fight him. If they won, the Philistines would surrender and serve the Israelites, but if they lost Goliath and the Philistine Army would rule over them. No one dared to take up the challenge.

Except, the Bible tells us, for David, a shepherd and the youngest son of Jesse, who was simply sent to deliver food to his brothers on the front line. When he heard Goliath, he did not fear him. In fact, he goes to the King, explains that he once killed a bear and a lion, and that “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (vs. 37).

David knew that he could not beat Goliath on his own. But he also knew that with God’s help he had the strength to defeat the giant. He did not go with sticks, and swords and armour, instead he went knowing that “the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel… will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands” (vs. 46-47).

In his own strength, David did not stand a chance. He was not the hero that people expected. He was not an army. But he was a man who knew that God was on his side. David knew that with God, nothing was impossible and no giant was too much for him to conquer.

Romans 8:31 reminds us that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” David knew this. But do we? Reading this story to my son, I was deeply convicted, yet again, that in all things I can trust God. When the world seems to have gone crazy, and the future is uncertain, I can be assured that God is in control. He is with me and I can rely on His strength to face whatever comes my way.

Mrs Jo Lapointe
Assistant Head of Senior School