It’s the young shepherd boy against the warrior giant.
1 Samuel 17 is a vast reservoir of life lessons for the believer. In part 1, I wrote about how David was God-centered instead of Problem-centered. Next, in part 2, there is the lesson about trusting God as David learned to trust Him in the little things before he faced off against the giant. David proved he was faithful and therefore developed a strong confidence in God.
In this third installment of Lessons From The Shepherd Boy, we see a another example of the wisdom found in this chapter.
David realized that God has bigger plans than just the removal of Goliath
The LORD will deliver you into my hand… that all the earth will know there is a God in Israel (1 Samuel 17:46)
Have you ever stopped to consider the truth of that statement of David’s? Goliath’s defeat at the hands of the young Israelite shepherd would reverberate throughout the camp of Israel, the Philistines and the rest of the ancient world. Throughout the millennia, this story has demonstrated, there is a God who redeems His people when they trust Him.
Other than possibly the Christmas story, this account of David and Goliath might be the most known Biblical passage. You aren’t but a few years old and you know the basics of this story. Even atheists know this scripture. Sporting events are described as a “David and Goliath” match-ups as the passage has even become part of our vocabulary.
While David seems to realize God has bigger plans than just the defeat of Goliath, I doubt even David knew the far reaching effect his actions have had on “all the earth.” Just as David may not have fully understood all the ramifications of his encounter with Goliath, we too may not completely grasp the consequences of our faithfulness.
But the LORD knows. He honors faith and obedience in ways we can’t imagine.
You need to understand God has bigger plans for you than just a resolution to your problem. When you are facing the giant and it seems so overwhelming, remember God will be glorified thru the solution of your problem.
Take comfort and encouragement from these lessons via young shepherd boy. When you are starring in the face of snarling, insulting, well-armed opposition, and feel completely alone, know you are in good company. The future King of Israel was in the same spot. He faced his giant like we can; he was God-centered as opposed to problem-centered. He had great faith in God because he had been faithful and trustworthy in the past, and he knew God had a bigger solution to his current problem than even he understood.
Now, go out there and pick up some rocks. You might encounter a giant today.
Blessings my friends!