Trusting In The Lord
Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine”...Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”- Proverbs 23:7
Let us look further into the story of David and how he opposition became opportunity for him. From our text, his father sent him to the battlefield to take bread to his brothers, not to fight. Even David himself did not prepare for battle when he left home but when he got to his brothers on the battlefield, the anointing came on David. Having known God to a certain level, he knew that what made others fear should not make him fear. While other soldiers feared Goliath because of his intimidating size, David compared Goliath with the God of Israel.
Others saw Goliath as being too big to fight, but David saw Goliath as being too tall to miss his stone. David believed wherever he threw his stone, the power of God will direct it to its target. See how he enlisted the help of the Almighty God:
Then said David to the Philistine, thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. - 1 Samuel 17:45
While other soldiers were looking for reward alone, David's goal was to take away the reproach from Israel and to bring down the one who had defied the God of Israel. His love for God motivated him. When Abraham gave a tithe, the Bible says Levi was in his loin. Though Levi had not been born when Abraham gave tithe, in God's account, it was Levi that gave because God saw Levi as the grandson of Abraham. What father Abraham did was imputed to Levi's account though Levi had not been born. It means Levi had existed as far as God is concerned (see Jeremiah 1:5).
God sees you not only in your present, but He sees your future. Whatever you do does not affect you alone but your generation. With this in mind, you are not to join others in doing evil because whatever you do may leave your presence, but it doesn't leave the presence of God. This should bring us to love God, make us have a holy reverence for Him and desire His presence always.
Isaac at his old age had lost his sight, yet every pronouncement he made on his children came to pass. Everything he said was approved by heaven, even in his weak state. It is a wonderful thing to understand spiritual principles for your future and the best thing is to love God; not for your own sake alone, but also for the sake of your children and their generations to come. Even if you think you already have all you ever need in life and you no longer need God, what about your children?
Every believer has inheritance in Christ; no one is programmed for defeat and failure. If anything is messed up, it must be your fault. Even though David was anointed, no one would have known him if not for the battle he fought. If there is no battle, there's no fame; if there's no battle, there's no honour. The same way you Do not develop muscles by reading books but by carrying weight, so also it is true that faith comes by hearing, but strong faith comes by the things you go through.
Christianity is more than just cramming biblical verses; it is a life you live. Winning the battles of life is not about your physical size or experience but on whose side you are; whether of God or the devil. David recognized that he was only representing the Divinity; love was propelling him.
Prayer: I boldly declare that I am on the side of God. Lord I enlist your help in every situation that I find myself, help me to daily express my love for you in all I do in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 20- 50, Psalm 78:70-72
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 4:1-5:31; Mark 12:18-37; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 10:26