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No. 14
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

David was just a boy.
But he believed that God could help him and make him strong.
David didn't think God was some sort of Santa that was there to give him presents,
or something. Some people think that.
They only want God to be there to give them money!

David was willing to trust God in any danger or real need.

There was an awful battle, long ago.
The men of Israel had a terrible foe who was leading an army of men called Philistines. His name was Goliath, and he was a giant 9'4" tall!
He was from a tribe of giants that lived on the earth in those days.
This giant yelled out,

"if you send out your best man I will fight him,
and if he wins,
we will all give up and be your slaves!"

David had been sent to the battle place by his dad, Jesse,
to bring three of his brothers their lunch.
They were men, you see, and were fighting.
Not one of those soldiers of Israel was game to go and fight Goliath.
And I don't blame them!
But David thought about his God.
He remembered when he was looking after the sheep, and a bear came and he trusted God and he killed the bear.
And another time he killed a lion with God's help.
David said, "I caught that lion by the beard and thumped him"
So, you guessed it, David was sure he could kill the giant with Almighty God's help -  who was 9'4" tall!

He went out against Goliath with five stones he had found in the river.
And a sling shot, a "shanghai" we call it in Australia.
What a shock that giant got when a young boy came out against him.
He was furious.
And David said, "I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, ...whom thou hast defied (thumbed his nose at)."
Then David just swung his shanghai
and sent a stone right into the middle of Goliath's head,
right between the eyes.
He must have fallen with an awful thud. He was dead!
David didn't have a sword, so he grabbed the giant's huge sword,
and swung it and cut the ugly head right off.
Later he took that head back to Jerusalem.
You know what? the rest of the enemies ran away as well, the whole army did.

David was not strong, he didn't have huge muscles like a weight-lifter.
He didn't have an atomic blaster gun, like some comic hero.
He was a REAL boy who trusted in the REAL God Almighty.
You can trust God, he wants you to feel safe with Him as your All-powerful protector.

Girls as well as boys can have faith in Almighty God.
Deborah led a whole army to victory.

David later became the king of Israel.

"This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;
and I will smite thee..."(1 Samuel 17:46).

"I want to be made brave in You, my God.
I trust You to care for me. Amen"


David was the youngest of eight sons. He was considered to be  a no-one when it came to fighting battles. God chose him to fight the giant because He wanted to show that the victory was God's, not man's. If we want God to be the One who gets the honour, not ourselves, then God can and will do mighty things through us as well.
That giant was covered in armour, and had a helmet made of brass on his head.
The only vulnerable spot was between his eyes, and God took that stone right there! Have you got a situation or problem you are finding impossible?
Tell God about it, and have faith in Him to give you the victory.
He is the very same God who gave David the victory.
He loves you, and will bring you through.
Read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

"Through God we shall do valiantly (bravely):
for he it is that shall tread down our enemies."
(Psalm 60:12).

Tell your Heavenly Father about all your fears and worries.
Have faith in God to help you.

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