We all know the story of David and Goliath. We know how a simple shepherd boy defeated a great giant, the enemy of God’s people and defier of the Lord Most High. We also know that David was a man, the Bible says, “after God’s own heart”. A quick look into the story of David and Goliath will shed some light onto why he was a man after God’s own heart.
1 Samuel 17:20 KJV
“And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.”
#1 “early in the morning” David was not a layabout, he was punctual even as a young man. Punctuality is the character trait of a man who can be trusted. My personal opinion is, if you’re not 5 minutes early…. you’re late.
#2 “left the sheep with a keeper” David showed great responsibility. Most ‘kids’ would have been so excited at the prospect of going to the battlefield that they would have left the sheep unattended. Do we as Christians leave our families unattended? Do we have unfettered access to obscene television and unsupervised internet access in our homes? Do we personally know our children’s youth leaders and where they stand doctrinally? Do we scrutinize our children’s friends carefully? It is our job to protect and serve our families.
#3 “as Jesse had commanded him” David was obedient. Later, on the battle field he was falsely accused of being nosey but his obedience silenced his accusers. The Bible says “friendship with the world is enmity with God”. How can we be obedient to God if we aren’t disentangled from the world?
These characteristics were ingrained into David as a young man and were made even more apparent as he grew older. We will face many giants in our lifetime and if we don’t live in constant fellowship with our Creator we will lose these all important battles. I highly encourage quiet times with no distractions between you and God. This includes daily devotions coupled with prayer. Our relationship with God is designed to be a dialog and too often we make it a monolog throwing up ‘flare prayers’ whenever we are in trouble.
I pray this encourages you and helps you in your walk with the Lord.