by Minhee Cho
I am a Sunday school teacher for toddlers. Our lesson this Sunday was from 1 Samuel 17, which is one of the famous stories: David and Goliath.
I found out more about Goliath and David when I read whole chapter.
Goliath: He is 9 feet tall (our Sunday school toddler’s room is only 7ft high), wearing 5000 shekels (125 pounds) armor, helmet,bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back, his spear shaft like a weaver’s rod, its iron point weighted 600 shekels (15 pounds) and a shield!
David: He was a boy, no armor, no protection, his staff (looks like stick), smooth stones, shepherd’s bag and sling, and believe in the name of the Lord Almighty.
And David said to Philistine,
45 “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel…” (45-46)
When I was reading this, God made me think about what is my Goliath? in my life…maybe my lack of confidence? guilty feeling toward my kids? laziness? fear of harm on my kids?
And also I began to think about what my kid’s big, giant Goliath in his/her life. Competition? Temptation? Loneliness? Jealousy? Anxiety? Lack of confidence? Failure?
I want to encourage you, that you can pray for your child’s confidence which God gave to David. We can pray for Confidence in God…He is with ______________ (each kid) all the time. And with His Almighty name, we can defeat our fears, worries, and temptations of life.
We remind our kids “the name of the LORD Almighty” is in their lives. And please remember that Goliath protected his whole body with soldier’s equipment, but he didn’t have God and confidence from Him.
Do you believe the name of the Lord Almighty? Do you send your kids into the world with that faith? And can we pray for kids’ trust, confidence and belief in the name of the Lord Almighty?