I Samuel 17 part 3–Lions, Giants or Bears…Who Cares

So there David stood—completely appalled that Israel would stand by and let this heathen talk about God that way. So the young warrior asked the simple question how do we get this giant silenced.  Who do I ask–to take on the task? In David’s mind, the issue was protecting the name of God, NOT, how would the giant be defeated.  He had that perspective in part because he had relied on God for other challenges.  He faced a lion, he faced a bear and God delivered him in both instances—so what is the difference?????

That is the heart of faith.  Faith is simply looking at the Lord as the solution to whatever the problem becomes.  In that mindset, all problems are interchangeable.  For David—whether lion, bear or giant, god would deliver him in battle. It was not personal pride, but simple faith that drove him.

In us, it needs to be much the same.  Whether the challenge is marriage, finances, children, health or career—the solution is God and his plan.  We walk by faith and encounter challenges in all categories.  When they arise, we seek God and trust him to accomplish all he has in mind. We face all issues with God’s leadership and trust him to affect a victory.  It is never about us—it is simply about him.  The famous definition for humility is—“Humility is not thinking lowly of yourself, it is simply not thinking of yourself at all.” David simply compared his enemy to God and not to himself. In that comparison, GOD always wins!

God Bless You

26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”  27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”

28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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