Thursday, May 19, 2016

Prepared to Fight

Moreover David said, "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you." 1 Samuel 17:37

David was sent by his father to the battlefield where his three older brothers were stationed. When he arrived at the Valley of Elah he was surprised to find that Israel and the opposing army of the Philistines were at a stand still. Suddenly a giant named Goliath came into the valley and began to blaspheme God and challenge Saul to send a man to fight him in a winner take all contest. David began to inquire why no one would go and face this man. Why were God's people cowering in fear? David's older brother began to criticize David's concern. He accused him of being arrogant and having ulterior motives. Yet David's heart was for God's people. He was a shepherd who cared for the flock. David turned from his brother and refused to listen to his words. King Saul heard about the discussions going on in the camp and he called David for an interview. David began to tell the king of his victories while caring for his fathers sheep. Although David had not been on the battlefield he had killed both a lion and a bear. The lion and the bear prepared David to face the giant. In David's mind the Philistine was nothing more than a wild beast seeking to destroy God's flock. The Lord didn't need a soldier to fight this battle, He wanted a shepherd. David was so confident in what the Lord was going to do that he said, "He WILL deliver me."
The battles we face today are often preparation for the battles ahead. God uses the current circumstances to prepare us for what He has in the future. The prophet Jeremiah had to run with the footmen in order to prepare for the horses. Moses had to dwell in the desert shepherding a flock of sheep so that he could lead God's flock through that same wilderness. Fight the battles of today with courage and trust in God, and you will be ready for the battle ahead.