By Rob Marshall
The story of David's victory over Goliath has inspired millions
of "little" people to believe that, even though the odds
were against them, they could win. It is the story of a young shepherd
boy who no one had ever heard of, but who defeated a giant with
a single stone from his sling, and who rocketed to fame, fortune,
We might think that David was simply lucky. Maybe he just happened
to be at the right place at the right time. But are there things
we can we learn from David that will help us do what he did? Can
we learn from David's victory over Goliath how we can slay our
own giants and become overnight successes?
Build Your Confidence - Face The Daily Challenges
When the king told David that he would not be able to defeat
Goliath, David answered, "Your servant has been keeping his
father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a
sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the
sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair,
struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and
the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them,
because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who
delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will
deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
David's confidence that he could defeat Goliath came from
having overcome similar challenges while simply working for his
father. Because David had learned to trust God in his day-to-day
life, just doing his job, he had developed the faith to overcome
Becoming an overnight success requires that we have confidence
when our big opportunity comes. That confidence is built over time
as we learn to trust God and overcome our daily challenges.
Don't Give Up - Face The Criticism
In 1 Samuel 17:28 it says, "When Eliab, David's oldest
brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at
him and asked, 'Why have you come down here? And with whom did
you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you
are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the
When we realize that Eliab had just spent forty days being afraid
of Goliath, it's easy to understand why he got so upset when
his little brother said, "I'll kill him." Eliab was
embarrassed that David had more faith and courage than he did, and
it was Eliab's doubt and fear that made him so angry with David.
In order for us to become overnight successes, we will have to
learn how to face criticism. And even if the people closest to us
are the harshest critics, we need to understand that the fears that
have kept them from pursuing their dreams can cause them to be hard
Use Your Creativity - Face The Giant
When David first announced that he would kill Goliath, he probably
didn't know how he was going to do it. As we read the story
we see that he tried to wear the king's armor, but realized
that it would not work (1 Samuel 17:38-39).
But something that we learn from David through this incident
is that it's OK to make mistakes, as long as we don't go
too far. Once we realize something isn't working, we need to
change what we're doing. We don't have to give up on our
dream; we just need to change how we have been trying to reach it.
We will need to be creative and use our strengths if we want
to become overnight successes. The king's armor would have been
fine for the king, but not for David. Instead, David looked at his
experience and skills, trusted in God, and found a solution to his
gigantic problem by using his sling.
Prepare For The Long Haul - Face The Facts
I once heard about an interview with a famous rock musician who
had catapulted to success after releasing a live album. The interviewer
asked, "What was it like to become an overnight success?"
The rock musician replied, "For me it was carrying my equipment
in and out of dingy, smoke-filled bars, night after night for fifteen
years, until we released that album."
David's goal was to become the king of Israel. His victory
over Goliath played a major role in helping him accomplish that
goal. But defeating Goliath was not all that he had to do.
Many people have big dreams for their lives, but few of them
see those dreams become a reality. The time and effort that it takes
to overcome the problems and obstacles that every successful person
must face, the Goliaths that they have to defeat, seem to be too
Everyone who wants to be successful will have to build their
confidence, stand firm in the face of criticism, find ways to use
their strengths, and commit to reaching their dreams no matter how
long it takes. Because the simple truth is, it takes a long time
to become an overnight success.
Rob Marshall is the author of "Taking On Goliath - How
to Unleash the David in All of Us." Learn how you can unleash
your faith and overcome any "Goliath" that may stand
between you and your dreams.