Is Bigger Always Better?- Conclusion

The Lord can use the mighty of the world; but He very often chooses the weak instead. It is the Lord, by his Holy Spirit, that accomplishes his purposes in a way that points to Him.

The familiar story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17 is a powerful account that attests to the fact that God delights in using foolish and/or weak things to shame the strong. God used David, who was much weaker than the giant Goliath, to deliver his people from the Philistine army. It is important to note that Goliath had a mighty sword and was clad with heavy armor; he was a seasoned soldier with much experience. Yet David, because he placed his trust in the Lord’s strength, was able to defeat Goliath with a simple “foolish” slingshot and a single rock…giving all the glory for the deliverance to the Lord.

In another account found in Judges 7, it is made clear that God desired to humble Israel by using lesser numbers of soldiers to defeat their enemy. In this way, Israel would recognize that any victory was most certainly due to the Lord’s power, not theirs.

The Apostle Paul effectively conveyed that because of God’s desire to use weak vessels, believers today—who might feel small and inadequate—can be assured and encouraged: