At “six cubits and a span,” Goliath stood over nine feet tall, using a conservative 18-inch cubit. Scripture demonstrates his strength by cataloging the weight of his armaments, including a 5,000-shekel (125-pound) coat of mail.1 No wonder he was the champion of Gath! He was big and strong, but was he fast?
As a (slow) runner, I found this interesting. There is no doubt in my mind that I could not outrun Goliath. Every race I run, there’s the mom pushing the double stroller that passes me somewhere along the way.
As scripture demonstrates time and time again, it’s not always speed or even the biggest, strongest army that wins the battle. In the end, God wins. This is what gives me hope and keeps me going day after day.
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 1 Peter 3:15