I saw a tiny (and I mean crumb tiny) spider as he wrapped up a centipede in his web. It amazed me that that itty bitty little spider took on a centipede and actually was winning. He had the centipede suspended off the floor, which to me was a huge defeat in itself, but then he was actually spinning and wrapping the centipede in his web. I sat in amazement at this little spiders strength and courage to take on something that much bigger than he was. As I sat and watched this amazing feat, it made me think of the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). I thought about how God didn’t call David to be a king, then sent him straight away to the kingdom and placed him on the thrown. No way, that’s too easy. I have learned throughout my years of life that God likes to take you on a journey. It’s not always the easiest journey but it will always be the most amazing journey. So, back to David’s life, God called him and began his journey. But before God could begin the journey with David, David had to say yes. God cannot do a work in you or with you until you consent and agree to follow him. God lived in David after being anointed (1Samuel 16:13) and therefore David now had victory over anything that might try to trouble him.
See God gives us power when we accept him into our lives and hearts. David was now prepared for any battle that might come unto him because with God comes victory. We learn in the story that David had slain a bear and a lion while tending to his sheep (1 Samuel 17:34-36) and now he is pleading with his father and king Saul to be sent to fight Goliath. See he went to plead with king Saul, no one came after him to force him to fight this huge giant. He knew the power God had placed inside of him and he saw what that power could over come when he fought the bear and the lion so he knew in his heart he could defeat this giant. Though people laughed at him, they probably pointed and whispered, because David wasn’t a big guy and he was a kid at that. But God says in 1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
And what did David have in his heart? He had kindness, submission to God, he had God living in his heart, God’s word. He had what God knew he could use for his glory. It wasn’t about the outward appearance for God, it wasn’t then and it isn’t now. God can use anyone. It says in 1 Corinthians 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
God uses what HE sees in us and not what the world sees. Saul allowed David to fight Goliath in battle and next he tried to put armor on David for protection. We learn from the story that David refuses to wear the armor because it is all too big and too heavy to fight in. So he goes forward in battle with nothing but his sling and five smooth stones that he took from the brook. Goliath laughed at David, but what David says next is powerful. 1 Samuel 17:45 45 Then said David to the Philistine, 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, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
David goes forth into battle with the mindset that he already won. God was on his side and he did not falter in his faith or courage. If we continue to read the story, we see that David defeated the giant Goliath with his first stone, David cut off Goliath’s head and the battle was done (1 Samuel 48-51). Just like that. Isn’t it awesome how God can take a scary looking battle, like this one, and make it so easy?! Now back to my spider friend and the sad centipede, as in the battle of David and Goliath, the would be underdog, the spider, was the champion. David had the secret weapon, God. I am pretty sure that little spider doesn’t have God living within him, but God blessed him with some food. The next time you feel like a situation is too big, remember the story of David. Go forward with courage and faith. God can use anything to open our eyes to his goodness, even a spider and a centipede.