Today we are going to apply the SWEET SPOT WITH GOD framework to an entire Bible story from 1 Samuel 17.
As you read the story, listen for key words to help you know what is going on…
Beginning at verse 9, “Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the Valley of Elah. The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them. Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, whose height was six cubits and a span. [Taking a cubit to be approximately eighteen inches and a span to equal six, this figures to a height of approximately nine feet, six inches.The story tells us that he had on a lot of armor…about 125 lbs worth…]
Continuing with verse 12: “He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, “Why do you come out to draw up in battle? Am I not the Philistine, and you servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.”
At this point in the story, David is still at home, and his brothers are on the front line. The taunting from Goliath had been going on twice a day for 40 days, morning and evening…
On this particular day, Jesse, David’s father, decides to send David with some food for his brothers.
Picking up at verse 13: “So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the circle of the camp while the army was going out in battle shouting the war cry. And David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper, and ran to the battle line and entered in order to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard them. When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid.”
The story goes on with the brothers being mad that David came, David volunteering to meet Goliath’s challenge, and Saul trying to suit up David with heavy armor…but David says to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off.
“He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance.”
After some interaction between them, 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. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands….and all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel….for the battle is the Lord’s.”
Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David in that valley, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.
Now let’s start the steps to that SWEET SPOT WITH GOD:
STEP 1: MENTAL
Where were the Philistines? On one side on a hill
Where were David’s brothers and Saul’s army? On the other side on a hill
Where did this interaction between David and Goliath take place? In the valley
What direction did the Israelite army run when they were taunted by Goliath? Away from the battle line in fear…
What direction did David run? Toward the battle line with God
Where was God in this story? Right there in the valley, in the place of seeming disaster, but because of His presence it was a scene of victory for God’s people.
What did David use to defeat the giant? Only the tools that he had tested already!
STEP 2: EMOTIONAL
What are your emotions about this story? Unbelief. Amazing. Maybe you are scared to trust like David trusted. Maybe you are relieved because you see that God is really with you when you are in the valley.
What do you think David was thinking? I’m thinking that He didn’t think. I’m thinking he just responded naturally this way because of where he was with God. I’m thinking he was confident and determined to fight for God’s side.
STEP 3: SPIRITUAL
What do you hear God saying in this passage? I hear God saying that we can trust him and that God is bigger than any Goliath that we may have in our lives. I hear God saying that we may be asked to do little things that we don’t want to, but we will be used to do great things only if we rely on God for our marching orders.
STEP 4: PHYSICAL
What do you hear God saying to you right now? It’s time to test my relationship with God! It’s time to take off the heavy armor that is holding me down. It’s time to say: “My battles belong to the Lord!”
STEP 5: SOCIAL
What would happen in your life and relationships if you were to apply what you are hearing God say? How can you share what God is saying to you?
What are your thoughts? I’m excited to hear from you?
STEP 6: PRAYER CONNECTION
Thank you for this message today.
I ask you for the confidence and determination to stand bravely on your side.
I know You are bigger than any Goliath I have in my life.
As I bring you the real me,
may Your Mighty Power come alive in me.
I rely on You for my marching orders.
Let this knowledge of You change me on the inside
so others can see that I am different because of You.