Oct 1 - Developing Your Heart for God, Part 2
As children, we all heard the story of brave young David fighting the fierce giant, Goliath, and it sounded almost like a fairy tale, but it shouldn’t be disregarded as just a fantastical story in need of a beanstalk. It’s true, Goliath was massive and towered over the Israelites at nine feet tall, but compared to the average 5’7” Israelite, he would have seemed monstrous. And David was certainly a brave boy, but his bravery was more than just a fortunate personality trait. David had lived his life up to that point developing a bold heart for God and following him faithfully.
1 Samuel 17:34-37 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Most people who are charged with watching someone else’s sheep might turn a blind eye to a hungry predator with intentions of killing one or two of the flock, particularly if no one else is watching. But David boldly faced the lions and bears to save the sheep from their jaws. He knew God was on his side in the pastures, just as he knew the Lord would be with him as he battled Goliath, so he took them on with a defiant courage. With God’s help and faithfulness he was able to face down his obstacles, no matter the size.
Everyday challenges provide us opportunities to build bold hearts for God. Like David, we are all faced with obstacles. Each day we experience busy schedules, difficult jobs, endless chores, and criticism from others, but most of these are just distractions. Will you allow these distractions to to be roadblocks on your journey with Christ? Will you let them get in the way of your freedom? Don’t wait until the major troubles come to develop boldness. This, like everything else, requires practice. Before the big things come, use everyday challenges to help you build your faith, trust, and boldness and when the “giant” comes, you will stand with God and face him boldly.