1 Samuel 17: 32-37 (CEB)
David to fight Goliath
32 “Don’t let anyone lose courage because of this Philistine!” David told Saul. “I, your servant, will go out and fight him!”
33 “You can’t go out and fight this Philistine,” Saul answered David. “You are still a boy. But he’s been a warrior since he was a boy!”
34 “Your servant has kept his father’s sheep,” David replied to Saul, “and if ever a lion or a bear came and carried off one of the flock, 35 I would go after it, strike it, and rescue the animal from its mouth. If it turned on me, I would grab it at its jaw, strike it, and kill it.36 Your servant has fought both lions and bears. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them because he has insulted the army of the living God.
37 “The Lord, ” David added, “who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.”
“Go!” Saul replied to David. “And may the Lord be with you!”
I have never been a shepherd, but it doesn’t seem like the geatest job in the world. Call me chicken, but I don’t want fight the lions, or the bears. At least here in Upper East Tennessee, we don’t have many lions, but taking on the pack of wolves wouldn’t be much fun either. I bring this up to because this is David’s history, shepherd boy. King Saul tells David that he’s no match for Goliath, because Goliath has trained for moments like this. David tells Saul, “Well, I’ve been a shepherd.” David sees here what everyone else seems to miss. God has prepared him for this moment. God is about to use David’s previous struggles, suffering, and battles, to do something amazing in this moment. All of that shepherding experience was like studying for this test, it was preparing David.
I have dealt with death since an early age. Not that God gave my mom cancer, or took her life, but God used that struggle, that battle, to shape me for today. I walk with others through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and fear no evil. I have been there before. I know my way through it. God used that struggle, redeemed that tragedy, by using it to prepare me for battles I would face later.
Some of you reading this are going through those battles now with parenting, finances, the Valley of the Shadow of Death with a loved one, or somthing else. You know your struggle. Know this, God is with you in this. God didn’t cause your struggle (usually), but God will use in the future. God is with you in this and God will redeem your struggle in the future. To paraphrase David, “God rescued me before, and God’s going to do it again today.”
What struggle are you going through, and what past experience has God brought you through previouly that can help you with this?
Knowing your not alone in this battle, who has God surrounded you with that can fight with you and for you? Maybe God has put a David like person in your life.
When this battle is over, and the victory won, remember to give God the credit and glory. David did this before the battle was ever fought. Can you give God the credit and glory from the midst of the battle?
Prayer: Lord, we all face struggles and battles, be with us through the difficult days. Use our past struggles and experience to the battles we face today. In it all, may you be glorified for rescuing us again. Amen.