What comes to mind when you think of the epic underdog victories of history? Perhaps the boxing movie “Cinderella Man” where James Braddock, defeats the mammoth sized boxing champion Max Baer. Maybe you think of Super Bowl 3 (1969) where Joe Namath led the New York Jets to an amazing victory over the robust Baltimore Colts. Maybe you think of the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980 when the US Olympic hockey team made up of college athletes and amatuer hockey players defeated the professional Soviet Union hockey team. Maybe you think of American Colonists overcoming the British to gain independence, maybe you think of the overweight fowel mouthed obscure German monk who began what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation, maybe you think of the tortoise and the hair, or Rudy, William Wallace, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, maybe you even think of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. No matter who you think of, underdog matchups are a big part of our lives because they display a reality we all have tasted, that one of us, a normal person, can at any time can rise up and surprise the world.
The passage in focus for the next few days is an underdog story and without a doubt, the story of David vs. Goliath is one of the most well known, if not the most well known, story in the entire Bible. It is so well known in fact, that it has become normal experience for us to label any underdog situation as a “David vs. Goliath” match up. And there’s good reason for this, David was just a young shepherd boy when he faced the champion from Gath named Goliath who was a well trained warrior, learned and skilled in warfare, known for his ability to kill other men. If we were betting on the winner, we wouldn’t pick David.
But as we’ll see in the next few days on the blog, God had other plans.