The Life of David: A Bold Heart Part 1
Topic: David Verse: 1 Samuel 17:1–17:58, 1 Samuel 16:7
Our Life of David series continues with probably the most familiar story about David in the entire Bible: David and Goliath. When David shows up to the battle, the army has been living in fear of Goliath. Fear is always contagious. People start to flee, freak out, leave, get discouraged… But, as Eugene Peterson points out, David comes on the scene with a “God-dominated, not a Goliath-dominated, imagination…”
Even so, David is criticized by his older brother, Eliab. David doesn’t get a lot of support along the way. Much of the time, you won’t either. When you are resolved to trust God and face your Goliath, there’s a chance some people will feel threatened by your boldness or ideas. They might even want to hold you back, especially if they are unwilling to face their own Goliath.
Instead of fighting the ‘Eliabs,’ we can, like David, say, ‘This is what I think God is calling me to do as best I can tell,’and then get on with what God has called you to do.
David’s confidence in God started being built a long time before this challenge of Goliath. And if we wait until Goliath comes along — whatever your Goliath is — it probably won’t go real well. In the story of David he faced several situations in his life that required courage and faith before he ever got to Goliath. God used those situations to form in David a bold heart.
It is the little decisions in daily life that prepare us for the “Goliath Moments.”
This is not a story about David’s raw courage or David’s skill with the sling or even David’s willingness to take a risk. This is a story about God. And the story of your life and mine, if we will let it be, is a story about God and the power that God wants to show in our lives, and in our battles.
- What are the ‘Goliaths’I am facing in my spiritual journey right now?
- What situations am I facing in my life that I can entrust to God right now so He can build boldness in my heart?