As I read in my Bible this morning, it was so crystal clear all the different roles that took part to make David’s victory against Goliath happen. (1 Samuel 17) There were also just as many roles that tried to stop that victory from even being attempted. But David used a method that was tried & true to him, and it worked.
The different roles stuck out to me, because each one was important; each one was needed. They were certainly not all the same, but each one mattered. This impressed upon my heart about the “mundane” from yesterday. It’s hard for us to see in real time, but if we stop to ponder, stop to meditate on the ways of the Lord, we will see His fingerprints & where He is working, even now.
But, back to David. You all know the story of David & Goliath. I do too, and I’ve read it several times in my Bible, but I have to smile at God & His amazing words sitting in front of me just now. I smile, because no matter how many times I read a passage from the Bible, God will highlight, point out, a different “thing” each time. It’s so awesome & I just LOVE it when it happens!
(Side note: you will NEVER regret your time spent with God in His word. If you struggle to open this amazing, living book each day, ask God to give you a thirst for it; believe me, He will!)
Here’s a list of the different roles that had a part in David’s victory against Goliath:
-Supplier/Commander: Jesse, David’s father, supplied David with replenishment for his sons on the battle lines & commanded David to take it to his brothers and to check in on their well-being.
-Sheep keeper: David left his flock with a keeper to look after his flock while he was away.
-Baggage keeper: (Didn’t know there was such a thing, in the Bible, did you?! I certainly had forgotten! There’s a whole other message in this role somewhere!) David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper while he ran to the battle line to check in on his brothers.
Here’s a list of the different roles that tried to stop David, or provided a hinderance:
-When David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”, his brother grew angry & questioned why David was there in the first place. Then to add insult to injury, his brother said, “I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart for you have come down in order to see the battle.” This wasn’t even a true account of why David was there, so thankfully, it didn’t stop David.
-When David asked the same thing of another, he got the same response. More insult to injury.
-When David told Saul that he would fight Goliath, Saul discouraged him on account of his youth & added that Goliath had been trained as a warrior SINCE his youth.
If you were David, would you press on at this point? Seriously. Stop to ponder all this. Look at all that was working against David.
How does David respond to King Saul?
By telling Saul just how awesome his God is and then detailing accounts where his God has been tried & true. Accounts testifying God’s faithfulness. It’s an awesome account. You could almost stand on the sidelines & cheer on David!
Having no rebuttal (Who could argue with a testimony of God’s awesomeness?!), Saul relents & agrees to allow David to battle Goliath.
So, he girds David with battle armor. But the armor is heavy & David tells Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.”
Off the battle armor goes.
So, David goes with what he has tested….his God and his shepherd’s bag containing his slingshot.
You know how the story ends. David defeats Goliath. The victory belongs to the Lord. And, my, what a testimony of faith from young David!
Where are you in this story?
Notice all the roles that took part for this victory & remember that each one is equally valuable & important.
Perhaps you are not slaying giants; but perhaps you are a supplier, or a keeper of sheep, or a keeper of baggage. You, my friend, are treasured. You are doing kingdom work.
Perhaps you are the one on the front lines, trusting God with each “battle”. You, my friend, are treasured. You are doing kingdom work.
Perhaps you are ready to take a step of faith, but there are nay-sayers trying to hold you back. My friend, trust the tried & true. Testify of the awesomeness of your God & take that step of faith. Trust me, you won’t regret it. If it is of God, it will not fail.
Now, dive into the word & find what message God has for YOU. Maybe it will be an old familiar story, with new insight. Or, maybe it will be a passage that you are discovering for the very first time. Either way, I get giddy with excitement and anticipation just thinking about what God will show you!
Tap into His word. Tap into His power. Trust me, you WON’T regret it! There’s no other one who loves you so FIERCELY!!!