The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osma...

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with 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 defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).

Those are the words of David, a shepherd boy staring in the eyes of Goliath, the mighty Philistine. Goliath was a strong and powerful member of the Philistine army that was lining up to do battle with King Saul‘s army.

Cocky and bubbling with confidence, Goliath shouted to the ranks of the Israeli army and requested a duel. “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you, not 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 be your servants. However, if I prevail against him and kill him, there after you shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and extremely afraid” (1 Samuel 17:8-11).

But God had a plan for Goliath and his army. He chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; likewise, He chose the weak things of the world to confound the things which are strong. He would use David to destroy Goliath.

The mighty Goliath was furious when David appeared before him. He disdained David for he was just a youth who had kept  his father’s sheep. “Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks?” He asked David. “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” He exclaimed. Nevertheless, all that cheap talk, never ruffle David. Just like Daniel in the lion’s den, He was calm cool and collected.

The bloodthirsty Goliath was confident he would tear David to pieces. He was wrong. The battle was not David’s. It was the Lord’s. David did not rely on his strength. He knew he was no match for Goliath. However, with God fighting the battle for him, victory was assured. David slew Goliath with a sling and a stone.

Like David and Daniel and so many others in the Old and New Testament, victory is guaranteed for you and I my friends; but only if we allow God to fight our battles for us.


  1. Amen Bro. Noel:

    Indeed the race is not to the swift or the strong….I love the way God does things. Thanks for this important reminder!

    Minister Glenda


    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Minister Glenda. Great things happen when we allow God to fight our battles.

      God blesses.


    1. I thank you so much SR. You are truly a blessing and an inspiration. Even when you are going through the valley, you still find time to encourage others. I am sure the righteous Lord above is taking notes.

      God blesses.


  2. Many times the Lord uses the wekest and the slowest to do the greatest works for Him. Why? So that we all can see He is the One that performed the work. He is the One that is glorified in these acts of obedience. All we can say is thank you for the privilege of being used!

    Great posting!


    1. I sincerely thank you brother Rob, for gracing this blog with your presence and your comment. The God we serve is still in the business of delivering the proud mighty into the hands of the righteous weak.
      God blesses.


    1. I sincerely thank you so much MainWriter! Isn’t it astounding how God works? He will always use the righteous weak to overcome the unrighteous strong. Do you remember how He used Moses to outsmart Pharaoh?


  3. I am so thankful that God uses supplies all we need to live victorious lives for Him.

    Whenever I try to handle things myself, I fail. Whenever I trust Him, He enables me and HE is victorious. He has proven time and time again that ‘without Him’ I can do nothing, but ‘with Him’ He will undertake.

    What an amazing God!


    1. God is truly amazing my friend. He does marvelous things when people trust and obey Him. He is our Keeper and Helper. David said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2). Like David, we are nothing without God.


    1. Thank you so much Minister Paulette, for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It is a honor and pleasure to receive this award. I truly appreciate it.

      God blesses.


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