Thursday, June 14
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 17:1-37
The account of David and Goliath is arguably one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. I remember hearing it as a little girl in Sunday school and singing songs about David and his sling and stones. But before we turn to the incredible confrontation between David and Goliath, we're going to spend today looking at the first part of 1 Samuel 17. As I took in the details of the passage, my attention was drawn to how God used David, a young man who wasn't even part of Saul's troops, to be the change agent that a distraught and intimidated Saul and army needed.
Try to picture the scene in your mind. Two opposing large armies with a valley between them had been set up for at least 40 days. BUT... the Philistines have a giant, super warrior named Goliath, who had struck fear in the Israelites through his daily routine of morning and evening taunts and challenges. Then David enters the picture. Arriving on the battle field with food for his brothers, he hears one of Goliath's rants and is immediately moved to action. Unlike those around him, David takes a bold stand for God, reminding and encouraging Saul and his troops that they are the army of the living God (1 Samuel 17:26-36). David then volunteers to take on Goliath, confidently assuring Saul that God will deliver him (1 Samuel 17:37).
What does this passage show about how God often uses the most unlikely people to accomplish His work? Do you see yourself as being God's agent for change? How can you be a change agent for someone who's discouraged, searching for direction, or needing support or a nudge to take action? Tami
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