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SUMMARY The narrative of David and Goliath is one of my favorites. David, the unassuming, youngest of eight brothers, is going about his daily responsibility as a shepherd when – unknowingly – his destiny unfolds around him. He starts the day simply being obedient to his father and going to help his brothers who are in battle. Before it’s over, he had slain Goliath, restored integrity to his people, and moved closer to the destiny of king that God had. Whether it be President of the United States, principal of school, leader of your home, or a leader of your high school basketball team or chess club, be assured that God has continually growing purposes for you in your life. Pay attention along the journey. Pursue your purpose and your passion in the same way David did in this text. Always look for opportunities to prepare yourself and to plan for the future. And remember, when you have done all that you can do, proclaim God’s power – for the battle is not yours, it is the Lord’s.
Purpose and Passion. In each of us God has planted some purposes and some Godly passions to direct us to those purposes. God had purpose for David that he would be king, even though David did not know it at the time. But, particularly in this text, as David pursued his Godly passions with integrity his purposes and his destiny began to unfold. It is the same for us.
Preparation and Planning. God plants inside us these purposes and this passion but that does not leave us without responsibility. To be all that God has made us to be, we must both be prepared and we must appropriately plan. We see in this text that David was both well-prepared and that he had a plan for what he wanted to accomplish. We need to have the same.
Proclamation and Power. Some responsibility resides with us. Ultimate victory resides with God. David was confident from his preparation and his planning but most importantly he was confident in the power of his God. He knew that he was involved in the Lord’s battle and that the Lord would provide him with the victory. We need to know the same. See verses 41-50 (some of my favorites in the Bible!)