It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the sizes of the fight in the dog.
“He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come against me with sticks?” Then he cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” the Philistine called to David, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!” David said to the Philistine: “You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel — you have defied him. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I’ll strike you down, remove your head, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the wild creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God,” – 1 Samuel 17:43-46
I remember, as a child, my grandmother telling me “The bigger they are; the harder they fall.” As a little kid I wasn’t always the biggest, but I was always the youngest. Being the youngest sometimes meant that a lot of the bigger kids would pick on me, and that would sometimes make me fearful. MY grandmother began to tell me “Don’t be afraid of anyone bigger than you or any problem that you think is bigger than you. Don’t be afraid of anything.”
This reminds me of David. David was a young lad who chose to go up against Goliath, a giant Philistine, because David had a lot of heart. David’s heart was not to fight Goliath out of pride. His heart was for God, and David understood that his purpose and fight was bigger than the fight and size of Goliath.
What we have to realize in life is that we’re fighting for something, and it has to be something bigger than us. It would be great for the fight to be a fight for Kingdom and a fight for God, because then the dynamics shift in our favor as we are no longer fighting for pride. We are fighting for purpose. Therefore, in everything that you do, make sure that you have a purpose that’s bigger than yourself. Then you’ll see that the fight inside of you is bigger than the fight that is against you.
Jean Ward serves as pastor of East Atlanta Church.