Welcome to another episode of our publication. Today I’ll love to share with you 4 lessons I learnt from the life of David in book of 1 Samuel 16-17. Though there are more lessons to be learnt from these chapters, nevertheless these four are very important in the life of a believer.
David became a giant slayer by killing the giant Goliath, who was a threat to the army of the living God. He was not in the scene until the time when the man God placed on the throne over Israel faltered and God had to replace him.
If you check your Bible very well, you’ll realize that David was mentioned twice in the book of Ruth, firstly when the grandfather of David was to be given a name (Obed – Ruth 4:17) and secondly when the family tree of Boaz was mentioned (“Starting from Pharez, a son to Judah” Ruth 4:18-22).
The Giant Slayer’s family tree could be traced. He didn’t just appear from nowhere to become great as a young man, he came from a family lineage known with Greatness as a second name. All Christians have a traceable family tree down to Jesus.
“Colossians 1:13 (KJV) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
“Hebrews 2:11 (TLB) We who have been made holy by Jesus, now have the same Father he has. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers.”
Being a Giant slayer is not happenstance, it is for those who are part of the Family of God (John 1:12) and they have that innate greatness in their blood (1 Peter 1:3-4, Ephesians 1:3). It important to note here that as you are part of the family of God, God has also provided a spiritual family for you here on earth where you can always draw from and give to also. You need to prayerfully discover that spiritual family and become a part of it.
“1 Samuel 16:14 (KJV) But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”
“1 Samuel 16:13 (KJV) Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.”
The moment a man becomes useless for God, the next thing that God does is to replace him. May you not be replaced in Jesus name and may your life continually be like that vessel made unto Honour (2Tim 2:21-22).
I asked myself, if Saul wasn’t replaced by God, would David have been at the scene at all?
You know the story of how Saul disobeyed God and how God replaced him and if not, you can do a study on 1Samuel 8-16.
Do you know If Saul hadn’t disobeyed God, he would have defeated Goliath, because the weapon David used wasn’t just a sling and a stone but the name of Lord (1Sam 17:26,45-46, Phil 2:9) and God manifested his power through the sling and stone. So Saul could have also killed Goliath by using the name of the Lord and God would have manifested His power through his weaponry, that is, if he had built an uninterrupted relationships with God overtime.
As soon as the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, the spirit of the Lord rested on David. Anointing him as king over Israel. It’s quite impossible for a town or city to have 2 kings ruling at the same time, but it happened in Israel. Though the reigning king was on the throne, but he had been rejected by God and a new king was anointed but wasn’t on the throne yet.
Hence, your responsibility as Christian is to always make yourself available for God to use per time through constant communion with him in order to gain Spiritual Mastery. Your walk with God is as important as your teeth you brush everyday (because of the odour). Also you must be on the guard for your soul so as not to be devoured by the little foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). So there’s a purpose you’ve been created to fulfill and its fulfilment is embedded in your walk with christ.
To the question earlier asked, Yes David would have been on the scene, maybe not by killing Goliath because the promise of the birth of Christ was given to his forefathers, Abraham>Isaac>Jacob>Judah. His lineage had been predestined out of the wisdom of God to be the one that will bring forth the promised child – Jesus.
“1 Samuel 17:15 (NIV) but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.”
“1 Samuel 17:17-18 (NIV) Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.”
David was never idle, he was busy tendering his father’s sheep. Your excuse is that there isn’t any work around and that’s the reason why you’re idle? Ask yourself again, is there truly no work around or you’re looking for a work with salary?, I don’t think David was paid by his father for keeping his sheep, of course, you know what it is like when you work for your parent, no salary for you. I see a David whose focus wasn’t on the salary but rather on the experience he’ll get and the love he had for his father’s work.
An idle man they say is the devil’s workshop. Getting yourself busy with something beneficial and worthwhile is very essential as your greatness in life is tied to the experience you garner. I’m careful to say this, you should get yourself busy with anything, but prayerfully let God help you to know what you should get yourself busy with.
Little did David know that as he was going to deliver his father’s message to his brothers, he was working and walking into his greatness. He went joyfully and willfully did what his father wanted him to do. When he got to the battle field he’s was confronted with an assignment he never consciously prepared for, but the training he had acquired when tendering his father’s sheep was what he used to carry out the assignment. I believe he got to know more about God’s power from his father and that helped him on the battle field. The testimony of his trainings was of how he killed a lion and a bear that attacked his father’s sheep. That prompted Saul to give him an opportunity of doubt and he went on to defeat the enemy of the Lord. What testimony do you have from what you’re engaged with? Can you boldly tell of the things you’ve learnt and done from it? Even if you can’t lay hold on them now, continue to be consistent and diligent, it will pay off at last.
The skills you need fight the battle of life are to be obtained from the things you’re engaged with now that you are young. Get yourself busy, no matter how minute it may seem, be diligent and consistent with it. The key to standing before kings is tied to how diligent and consistent you are in what you are doing. David stood before kings, prior to that, he was consistent and diligent in tendering his father’s sheep.
“1 Samuel 17:33 (KJV) And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
Many people believed they are too young to do exploits. Well, it is not so. You’re only too young to be left alone which is what many youth desire. A larger percentage of contemporary youths long to get the freedom to do what they like at any point in time. Saul told David he’s too young to face the giant, but David understood that whether young or old, what God looks for is a heart that is ready to do is will.
You aren’t too young to do exploits for God. From Daniel 10:28, we were made to understand that those who do exploit for God are those who know God, not those who have 50 years walk with God. You see, a man can be in church all his life and not know God. Conversely, a man can have an encounter with God and the next time you see him doing exploits for God. Why is this so? Because he has an understanding of the God he encountered. Paul for example had an encounter with God, and he did exploits. Apart from the fact that he was chosen to preach the gospel to the gentiles, he knew the God he encountered on his way to Damascus and that was why he asked “Lord, what will you have me to do? (Act 9:4-6)”. Never say you’re young.
A young man in the bible also had a similar experience, but instead of taking steps like David did, he quenched the fire of possibility that dwelt within him.
“Judges 8:20-21 (KJV) And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks.”
This is the story of Gideon and his Son Jether. When they went to battle, the Lord gave them victory over their enemies. The only left was for the defeated kings to be slain. He told his son to slay the kings, but the mindset of “I am only a youth” was in him and he couldn’t enter into greatness like David did.
Jesus did exploit as a youth, why can’t you. “Greater works shall ye do.” That’s what Jesus said, so if he could do wonders at his youthful age, I can do same.
The Bible also says “the glory of the youth is in their strength” (Provides 20:29). As a youth, you have a kind of strength that no man in any other age category has, therefore channel this strength into doing exploits for God. Though your strength may seem small, but the Bible showed us the secret to increase in strength. Isaiah 40: 29-31, Psalms 84:7. And as you continue steadfastly, your strength grows.
In conclusion, being a giant slayer isn’t by accident, it’s by deliberately walking with God and continually changing your mindset through the word and prayer. Let the mind of Christ dwell in you. Amen. Thanks for reading. See you on Thursday. Bye.