As promised, I am back to blogging here and I want to start off by taking a look at Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11 discusses faith and gives examples of people throughout the bible who chose faith over fear. One of those people was David.
David was a man of great faith. He went up against giants (literally) and was able to slay them because of the faith he had in the God that stood with him
Hebrews 11:32-34 says, “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the moths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”
For the purpose of this study I want to take a look at David’s life in 1 Samuel. After studying and praying on this topic, God gave me two things that He wanted me to highlight in this part of David’s journey.
1. Just because you’re overlooked by man doesn’t mean you can’t be used by God
In 1 Samuel chapter 16, God is sending Samuel to find the man that He chose as king among Jesse’s sons. What immediately stood out to me about this was that God called David a king before he even became one in the eyes of men. God has already anointed you and called you into position even when you can’t yet see it.
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him from ruling over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have chosen a king for Myself from among his sons.” – 1 Samuel 16:1 MEV
When Samuel goes to Jesse to anoint one of his sons, David isn’t even in the lineup. David wasn’t the obvious choice and at first he was overlooked. When Samuel sees Eliab (Jesse’s oldest son), he is sure that this is the one that God has chosen as king simply because of his appearance. God has to tell Samuel that that was not who He was going to choose, and that He doesn’t look at what man looks at.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees. For man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
God does not care about your physical appearance. He cares about your heart. Jesse brought all of his sons to Samuel except David, and none of them were the one that God was looking for. Samuel asked if there was anyone else, and Jesse replied that he had another son David, who was the youngest and tending the sheep. Jesse sent for David and when he arrived, God declared that He was the one that He had chosen.
David was anointed in the midst of his brothers – the very people who didn’t even think to include him in the first place. The people who counted you out or should’ve been chosen before you will be the one’s to watch you be elevated!
Just because you’re overlooked by man doesn’t mean you can’t be used by God. God often uses the least likely of people to do the most amazing things! God called David when he was just a young, shepherd boy. Don’t believe that because of where you’re at right now, or where you came from, that you can’t be used by God!
2. If God has called you, He has also qualified you
In chapter 17 of 1 Samuel, we find the Philistines and the Israelites preparing for battle. At the time of this war there was a Philistine that had all the Israelites shook. His name was Goliath and he was about 9 feet 9 inches! Can you even imagine? For forty days Goliath would step up to the Israelites and tell them to send a man to fight him.
He stood and called out to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am not I the Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose for yourselves a man and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and to strike me down, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and strike him down, then you will be our servants and will serve us.” – 1 Samuel 17: 8-9
While his brothers were away preparing for the battle, David was still tending to his father’s sheep. The first time I ever heard this story I was a little confused because I knew that God had anointed David to be king. I noticed that although God had anointed David to become king, it didn’t happen right away. God anointed David and David was still serving!
David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. – 1 Samuel 17: 14-15
A lot of us hear the call of God and wonder why we aren’t put into leadership positions right away or why aren’t in the limelight, or with the huge following. I believe that in order to lead you must know how to serve. At the end of the day, we all should be living to serve God.
While David was at home tending to the sheep, his father told him to take some food to his brothers at the camp and to bring back news of them. When David arrived at the camp, he was able to hear Goliath give his speech for the thousandth time. David begins to question what would be done for the person who was able to kill Goliath and win the battle for Israel. When news began to spread that the little shepherd boy was asking questions about Goliath, someone reported him to Saul.
David told Saul that he was willing to fight Goliath, but Saul had his doubts just like everyone else. Saul blamed David’s youth. It’s important for us to know that age and experience means nothing compared to God’s perfect placement and positioning. If God has called you, He has also qualified you. Although Saul doubted David, David came with receipts! He told Saul that when he was tending to the sheep he had to kill a bear and a lion with his own hands. He said that the same God that delivered him from the bear and the lion was the same God that would deliver him out of the hand of the Philistine.
So Saul agreed to let David fight Goliath and clothed him with armor. However, David was uncomfortable with the armor and took it off. This was so powerful to me because it showed me that when you have God you don’t necessarily need the “tools” of men. When God has called you to something, don’t be surprised when you’re getting promotions without the degree, or opportunities without the experience that everyone else had. David took his staff in one hand, placed five smooth stones in his bag, and put his sling in his other hand.
When Goliath saw David, he cursed him. He threatened to gives his flesh to “the birds of the heavens and to the beasts of the field.” David acknowledged that Goliath might be coming up against him with a sword, spear, and shield. But David knew he had the Lord of hosts and the God of the armies of Israel. David knew the power of the God that was on his side. We have to start walking into rooms, spaces, and opportunities declaring that we come in the name of the Lord of hosts.
When the Philistine came near to David, David reached into his bag and pulled out one of his stones. He slung it, struck Goliath in his forehead, and Goliath fell to the ground. All it took was one stone! You can slay your giant with faith and one stone – one phone call, one blog post, one class, one book, etc.
Of course, it’s amazing that David was able to defeat Goliath with one stone. However, it took much more than that. If all it took was just the one stone, anybody could’ve done it. David’s faith is what set him apart and your faith is what will set you apart! I recently posted on the Planted in Purpose instagram story that your faith is going to open doors that your hustle cannot. Have enough faith to know that the God you serve will deliver you out of your giant’s hand.
Let’s chat in the comments! What’s one “giant” that you’ve been dealing with? What are you going to do to increase your faith and decrease your fear?