Goliath was the Philistine champion who walked the no man’s land between the camp of the Israelites and the camp of the Philistines. Goliath ruled that real estate without dispute until a little shepherd guy named David challenged him, saying “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.” And then out-weighed, inexperienced David issued to Goliath what must have seemed like the most ridiculous death threat ever: “I’m going to come down there and take your head off!” And he did!
David took Goliath’s title as champion, but his victory was simply a foreshadowing of the one that would be won by the real champion, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the champion’s champion who stepped into the no man’s land between holy God and sinful man, and bridged the gap with His own blood. When you are in God’s camp, and Jesus is in your heart and life, you too can walk between the lines of God’s kingdom and this world with assurance and humility.
Knowing that the champion’s champion is on your side should give you the confidence to risk and love and grow here in no man’s land. There are giants in the land, it’s true, but our Lord is majestic and powerful, and His love for His children is stronger than any foe that challenges us.
What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? (Psalms 8:4)
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