The One Year Bible reading for Today Tuesday May 15 is 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10 and Proverbs 15:11. The Scripture I’ve selected for today’s S.O.A.P. note is 1 Samuel 17:48-51.
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran. -1 Samuel 17:48-51 (NLT)
What struck me about this passage of Scripture is the implicit comparison between David and Saul. Saul is not only king. He is a big man who stands head and shoulders above every other Israelites AND a proven warrior. David on the other had is young shepherd, a boy who has battled wild animals to protect his flock but never seen battle. It would made sense if Saul opposed Goliath but it was a surprise that David did. Probably to everyone.
So why did David rise to the occasion while Saul held back?
Saul was courageous in battle but he had an almost desperate need for the approval of men. Perhaps, then, he didn’t fear combat with Goliath as much as he feared the possibility of being beaten in front of his men. What is more significant to me, however, is that the Bible makes it clear that the Spirit of God had left him and was now settled upon David.
While I don’t know exactly what was meant here by the Spirit of God, I see it as a state of grace or absolute faith. But however you define it, one thing is certain. David had it and Saul did not.
I can’t help wondering if it had to be David. Maybe, if Saul had waited for Samuel at Micmash (or perhaps more correctly waited upon God as discussed here), he would have been given an incredible against all odds victory that rivaled David’s. Buoyed up by this victory and still under the Spirit of God, might Saul have gone out to meet Goliath instead?
We will never know.
For me, the message of this passage clearly states that the only way we can ever know what victories God holds for us is by following Him in all things. On a personal level, this strikes very close to home. I have made some progress in what God has asked me to do but not good progress. This feet dragging, I’m too busy attitude is disobedience – plain and simple.
Today I am going to pray for God’s help in bringing my life more into line with His will. He knows, as do I, the difference between baby steps and standing still and I need His help in moving forward.
Heavenly Father. Thank you for letting me know what I need to change. When I was in the New Age, I never really knew what direction I should go and I count it a blessing that You have made everything so clear to me. I’m sorry that I allow the everyday concerns of life to get in the way of obedience to Your will. Please don’t stop speaking to me because of this! Instead help me to move forward as David did. Because Your Spirit was upon him, he defeated Goliath with only a sling and a stone. Help me to deal with the things that loom so large in my own life with the same strength and faith. In the name of He who died so that we may live. Amen.
Tomorrow’s Daily Scripture is 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalm 112:1-10 and Proverbs 15:12-14.
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