5 Life Lessons from the Story of David and Goliath

Donnabeth Aniban
3 min readOct 28, 2023
Photo by Henry Hustava on Unsplash

Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. But as I was reading the chapter during my devotion, I found more wisdom besides what I had previously known. Let me share them with you.

1. Don’t be distracted by naysayers.

When David’s brother heard him asking questions at the battle camp, his brother said, “… I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” To this, David answered, “Now what have I done? Can’t I even speak?” and he turned away and asked another person.

If David allowed his brother’s words to discourage him, perhaps he would not have won his historic victory. Perhaps he would not have been a king.

Strangers, acquaintances, and even family will question our intentions. People will accuse us of hurtful things just because. But only God knows our hearts. If we are sincerely doing our best with a clear conscience, let us learn to ignore words that do nothing but drag us down.

2. You are exactly where you need to be.

David is not a soldier. He is a shepherd. Yet he defeated a battle champion.

This is not a coincidence. His years tending his sheep– fighting lions and bears prepared him for his historic victory.

I wonder if David while watching over his sheep ever got bored or tired of what he was doing. I wonder if he wondered if he was meant to do greater things. Maybe he had, maybe not.

Maybe the mundane things we are doing now are preparing us for a greater purpose. But we cannot be victorious at that if we don’t learn to excel at the mundane.

3. Be confident in your abilities.

When Saul questioned David on his ability to defeat Goliath, David answered that he was able to defeat beasts in the past so he will be able to do the same to the Philistine.

In our culture, we have a tendency to play it small because we don’t want to be labeled as arrogant. This should not be. Confidence is not synonymous with arrogance. We can be confident and humble. Downplaying our abilities is false humility.

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Donnabeth Aniban

Mom since 2011. Filipino. Former nurse and teacher. Writer and entrepreneur atm. I write mostly about life, business, health, productivity, and motherhood.