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Sunday, August 12, 2012

David and Goliath 2

Yesterday I shared some observations on 1 Samuel 17:28 - 30, we are going to concentrate on 31 - 37 today.  In this section David is presented to Saul as one who has accepted the challenge of confronting Goliath.
When people disdain us because of our youth or time in grade, how do we respond?
Saul responds to David pretty much as his oldest brother Eliab did he views David as unqualified due to his youth.  David responds by sharing his defense of his dad’s flocks against bears and lions. Note the language used.  David tells Saul that he killed the lion and the bear, but in 37 he states it was the Lord who delivered him.  David is offering to engage in fighting Goliath not on the basis of his strength, but on the basis of the fact that he has depended and seen the Lord faithful to sustain him in battle before.

This is a huge lesson for both us and our kids.  It is not age or time in the faith that makes one powerful for the Lord it is about trust and dependence on the Lord.  1 Timothy 4:12 and Hebrews 5:11 – 14 reinforce this.  It is not about how gifted we are, or how strong we are, or our experience, it is about how we trust Him that matters in tough situations.  That is important to pass on to our kids and this is a great place to do just that.

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