1 Samuel 17:32 (NIV)
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
There are so many interesting story lines in this story of David & Goliath. David is a teenage boy and he’s the youngest of 8 children. He’s the one that gets stuck keeping the sheep. It’s a thankless job & nobody wants to do it so David gets stuck with it because he’s the youngest. The Bible doesn’t say David complained about it or didn’t want to do it. It appears he made the most of the situation. Because this was David’s job, he spent most of his time alone with the sheep. There is no one to talk to. Since there is no one to talk to, it is apparent David talked to God a lot! Out of his relationship with God when a lion attacks the sheep, David has the courage to fight the lion and win and save the sheep. Later when a bear attacks the sheep, David again has the courage to fight the bear and win and save the sheep. Now remember, David is just a ruddy teen age boy. That is uncommon courage wouldn’t you agree. That courage is born out of his relationship with God. Today we have the opposite problem. We are all so busy it is hard to have time for God. We’re all running around like a chicken with our head cutoff and we just don’t take the time. Because we don’t spend time with God, we don’t have power and we don’t have the courage that young David had. Now Israel had 40,000 troops lined up to fight the Philistines and not one of them had the courage to stand up to Goliath either. So it’s pretty obvious none of them had the kind of relationship little David did with God either. So what everybody else would have thought was a low man on the totem pole job, turned into an incredible blessing for David. Because of him having the time and making the most out of it by talking to God all throughout the day and by him proving God’s faithfulness through his experiences, when the day come, he was ready and all he needed through that relationship with God.
The same is true for you and I. When we start out with our relationship with God, we can seem so insignificant. We are so small in light of the world in which we live. But if we develop our relationship with God and we begin to trust Him with the small things, those small things will turn into bigger things. At some point in our relationship we may get a chance to kill a lion. Now we may experience fear, but if we saddle up and ride on anyways, then we will have the courage to do what is necessary when we face the lion. Later we may get a chance to fight a bear. All of these encounters are building our faith, they are building our confidence in God. And the day Goliath shows up we are ready! Why? Because we have trusted God with the smaller things and God has gradually increased our faith in Him through all of our experiences!
If we want to have great faith like David, we must nurture our relationship with God. We must learn to trust Him and obey Him no matter how scary each situation may be. Over time, our faith is increased to the point we can be this great person of faith, who doesn’t hesitate to obey God no matter what the circumstances look like, because we know God and we know He is faithful and is trustworthy!
Consumed by the call,