Today's reading: 1 Samuel 17:1-37
The account of David and Goliath is arguably one of the best-known stories in the Bible. I remember hearing it as a little girl in Sunday school and singing songs about David and his sling and stones. But before we turn to the incredible confrontation between David and Goliath, we're going to spend today looking at the first part of 1 Samuel 17. As I took in the details of the passage, what stood out to me was how God used David, a young man who wasn't even part of Saul's troops, to be the change agent the distraught and intimidated Saul and army needed.
Try to picture the scene in your mind. Two opposing large armies with a valley between them had been set up for at least 40 days. BUT...the Philistines have a giant, super warrior named Goliath, who had struck fear in the Israelites through his routine morning and evening tauntings and challenges. Then David enters the picture. Arriving on the battlefield with some food for his brothers, he hears one of Goliath's rants. Unlike those around him, David takes a bold stand for God, reminding and encouraging the troops and then Saul that they are the army of the living God (verses 26 and 36). David then volunteers to take on Goliath, confidently assuring Saul that God will deliver him (verse 37).
What does this passage show about how God operates and uses people? How can you be a change agent for someone who may be discouraged, searching for direction, or needing a little encouragement or nudge to take action? Tami
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