They had been pushed back and taunted for forty days. Their predicament was grim. They had an answer to make but were fearful of the outcome. Who could they send that wouldn’t be annihilated?
Suddenly, a small shepherd boy arrived in the tense atmosphere wondering why the “mighty” army was cowering behind tents and shields, whispering as to not upset the giant that stood waiting and mocking…
Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.” David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 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.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” (1 Samuel 17:25-37)
The story of David and Goliath is one that really resonates with those of us who work at Hope Women’s Centers. We don’t just feel threatened, but we are bullied and mocked by pro-choice organizations who would love to see us defeated in our efforts to save lives. Just this week, we had our email hacked as the result of a purposeful attack. We also know the battle for life is raging. Some of the babies that our ultrasound technician’s see on the screen is the only human interaction that baby will ever have because the mom will choose to go to an abortion clinic after her visit to Hope. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and he takes his job very seriously.
But something stuck out to me as I read this story, it was the names.
David is introduced as, David the son of Ephrathite meaning “Beloved son of man.”
Goliath is introduced as, Goliath of Gath meaning “Splendor of [the] Winepress.” Sometimes it seems like those creating the most oppression for us live at ease. They enjoy the luxury of not being held to the same standards or have more avenues of funding and resources. And even as David, sometimes we are mocked by our own brothers and sisters. We are accused of making women’s lives “worse” because we encourage them to carry a life.
But the part that really touched me was that Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man. Throughout the Bible, David is a picture of the coming Christ. Christ also defeated the biggest giant any human will face – death. He slayed it, just like David slayed Goliath. They both stood in the face of the mockers and fought in the strength only God could give. That is what we are striving to do.
We know we will be misunderstood, but we also know our mission: to encourage and equip women and men in unplanned pregnancies to make informed decisions.
We know our vision: To share the love of God in word and deed in such a winning way that we would see abortion obliterated and slayed in Broward County.
And lastly, we know our purpose: to be warriors for life!
Just as David was called to be a warrior and stand up to the Goliath of his day, we want to be warriors for life and take a stand against the enemy’s schemes in our day. We’ve been given life and we want to encourage others to pass life on despite the challenges that may come. Life is hard, but it is always worth a warrior’s fight!