Sunday, August 16, 2015

1 Samuel 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 17. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • You might have heard about "David and Goliath." This chapter of 1 Samuel describes the confrontation between the two fighters.
  • Goliath was a big, buff seasoned soldier. David was a scrawny shepherd who was so inexperienced that he couldn't wear a traditional solider's wardrobe because he wasn't used to it (verses 38-39).
  • Everyone doubted David's ability to fight. Despite his fellow Israelites' skepticism, David insisted he was the right person to take down Goliath due to his experience warding off predator animals from his flocks of sheep. The leader of the Israelites decided to give David a chance.
  • David ended up defeating Goliath with a single rock to the forehead.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Like David, we need to be confident in who God made us to be. When others discourage us from trying to live life for God, or from taking a risk he wants us to take, we need to let God's plan take precedence.
  • Our past can prepare us for the big things God wants us to do. David's experience as a shepherd seemed irrelevant in war, but it turned out to be the difference-maker.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there a risk you know God wants you to take? If you're reluctant to jump into the decision he wants you to make, why not go ahead and take the risk? Trust God and see what happens.
  • Are you letting pressure from other people deter you from focusing on God the way you should? Maybe you're letting your pursuit of your boss's approval squeeze out time you used to set aside for God. Or maybe you're in a relationship that is harming your spiritual journey. Commit today to set aside more regular time to talk to God and read the Bible, and make the changes you need to make to fully live life with him.