Oct 15 - Developing Your Heart for God, Part 3
For forty days, the Israelites were taunted by Goliath, but not a soldier among them had the courage to fight the giant. They knew their strength, size, and weapons were no match for him. When David, the scrawny shepherd boy, stepped forward to fight, refusing armor and weapons, everyone must have thought he was crazy! But David had something that no one else had: he had spent his life developing a bold heart for God. He knew that, even though this wasn’t his problem or his battle to fight, the Lord was on his side, just as He had been every day in the fields when David fought against predators to protect his sheep.
1 Samuel 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
We can learn a lot about courage or willingness to take a risk from David. Or we can try to identify the “Goliath” in our life that we need to fight. But this story is about more than these two individuals, just as our lives are about far more than just us. David knew that God had saved him in the past and would give him the ability to save the Israelites in this situation. The Lord is the one who wins victories, not us. Like David, we should believe in our God so much that we want to extend it to others. We have been saved, so let’s become bold enough to bring others to the Lord too.
When we encounter people in need of God’s grace, do we show the same courage and boldness as David, or do we step back and assume someone else will handle it? How can we so easily forget it was the very same God who helped David defeat Goliath who is right by our sides every day? In preparation for our small conversations or big battles, we need to take opportunities to develop a bold heart for God in our daily lives. For the full sermon, check out the Ustream recording.