Probably one of the best known Bible stories is the story of David slaying the giant Goliath. David's courage in facing Goliath was not born of self-confidence alone – although he did believe in his own skills.
"As a young shepherd," the Old Testament student manual explains, "[David] had much practice at slinging stones. As a result of his experience, David had confidence in his skills, but the true source of his courage was faith in the power of the living God."In fact, the contrast between David and the other Israelites was as great in terms of faith as in courage. David was incensed that `this uncircumcised Philistine . . . should defy the armies of the living God.' (I Sam. 17:26.)
"And David's answer to Goliath's laugh of derision at the unprotected boy who came out to accept the challenge provides a classic study in faith as well as in courage.
" `Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts. . . . This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand, . . .' (vss. 45-46.)"
Articles on this page may be used in conjunction with the Gospel Doctrine course of study.
Information compiled by Gerry Avant and Kellene Ricks.
Sources: Old Testament student manual, April 1981 and April 1982 general conference reports.