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It’s often who you know that makes all the difference. From business to politics to box seats at sold-out sporting events, making a simple connection to an important name is sometimes all you need to go from zero to a dream come true. But the key, of course, is who—whose name are you able to drop?
Goliath, a giant from the Philistine city of Gath, mistakenly assumed that the only names he needed were those of his people and his pagan gods (1 Samuel 17:8, 43). When the Philistines were preparing for battle against the Israelites, Goliath presented himself as the Philistines’ champion and challenged the Israelites to send their own champion to fight him in order to determine which group would be victorious. He identified himself as a Philistine, and he wrongly assumed that all the Israelite warriors were merely servants of Saul (1 Samuel 17:8).
But the shepherd boy David knew better. He came to Goliath in the name of the Lord, and this name would make all the difference (1 Samuel 17:43–47). The Lord gave David victory over Goliath and the other Israelites victory over the Philistine army, and Goliath’s name—and the name of his gods—would forever be associated with defeat.
God has promised that those who hope in Him will not be disappointed (Isaiah 49:23), for His name is above every name, and He is the only One with the power to rescue all who call on Him (Acts 4:12). Have you called on this name for your salvation?