Recently, while speaking to a friend who was battling social pressure, It became clear that opposition is far more bold on hilltops than it is in valleys.
Allow me to explain.
1 Samuel 17:3 tells us Israel and the Philistines assembled on opposing hilltops. From there, Goliath arrogantly shouted blasphemous statements. How did God's people respond? They halted all advancement because of fear.
Let's consider the hilltops. From there you might have a greater vantage: clear visibility, greater reach of your voice and perhaps an intimidating view of opposition.
It was from the hilltops that Goliath was able to stop the Israelites, not in combat and not face to face—just by his threats.
Keep in mind that Israel was skilled at war. I am not sure we give Goliath enough credit. It would seem that the greatest threat was not the Philistine army; it was Goliath. That is how intimidating he was. Nothing makes a giant larger or scarier than a hilltop for a platform, and God's people spectated and retreated.
Enter David, the anointed shepherd. God does not want spectators, he wants conquerors with slings.
We are living in a time when many are raising their voices on the hilltops of social media; adversaries always speak big on platforms from a distance. And while they may be intimidating up close, the properly slung stone will bring them toppling down and disband the army behind them. Your greatest adversary is not the crowd: It's the giant. And David stepped up front and center to face the conflict.
What was David's strategy? Rest assured, God's weapon against Goliath was not a shouting match on hilltops, it was the anointing, front and center, operating in the life of his humble servant. He knew he was God's weapon, and he had purpose and promise.
Too often we resort to fighting fire with fire, giant against giant, but God doesn't need giants on hilltops. He can use little boys in valleys just fine, and the valley is where David met Goliath.
David would later write of the way God's presence reassured him: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me" (Ps. 23:4).
With thousands of threatening and intimidating voices online and on TV, or perhaps a few in your circle, do not become meek or intimidated because they appear to be standing on a hilltop. Get your Goliath to the valley.
The greatest lesson we find from David and Goliath is that the giant never had a chance in the first place. It was never David versus Goliath; it was Goliath versus David's God. The valley is where you must face your giant. It is in the valley where God's presence is most often demonstrated! If opposition is coming against you, don't despise the valley. Your lowest points are often God's greatest place of demonstration. There are more victories in valleys than there is on hilltops.
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Aaron Rios is a worship artist, author and pastor residing in New England with a contagious passion for encouraging, equipping and inspiring believers to pursue their kingdom destiny for the cause of Christ.
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