Daily Faithfulness (1 Samuel 17)

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

David is a young boy with much faith and zeal for God and when he hears Goliath taunt the Israelites, he immediately springs to action and says that he will be the one to go and fight this uncircumcised Philistine. King Saul, who himself is afraid to stand up to this nine foot giant, is in unbelief and tells David that he has no chance of winning against Goliath since he is a mere boy. But, after David convinces him that he has been fighting bears and lions all his life to help defend his sheep, King Saul reluctantly agrees and dresses David in his own armor with his sword and helmet. However, it is interesting to note that David tries to walk around in this armor and then decides to take them off because he is not used to them and can’t walk being dressed like this. David is a shepherd boy who has never worn armor in his life before; he is only used to fighting with a simple slingshot and stones.

One of the DT questions for this week’s text relates these verses to a lesson in daily faithfulness. David was not accustomed to wearing armor and fighting with a sword because he has not practiced with these things, but what he was familiar with and what he has practiced with daily were his slingshot and his stones. During the time of crisis, he was able to depend on these skills to help him.

We often hear about great Christian heroes such as Gladys Aylward or Marilyn Laszlo who are able to do amazing things such as move to China and start an inn for little children or go to Papa New Guinea and translate the Bible into a new language. However, how were these great Christian heroes able to take these great steps of faith? I think a lot of it has to do with daily faithfulness, being faithful to the people and things that God places in our life right now and through practicing this faithfulness we can then prepare ourselves for times of crises, just like David (Side note: While daily faithfulness was very critical, David would not have been able to defeat Goliath were it not for God’s help). I often wish that I could be placed in different situations or circumstances, maybe places like Myanmar and China right now where I can go out and be bold for God, but truth is that even if I were at those places, would I be bold if I haven’t been practicing and living out this kind of life where I am currently? I realize that I need to be faithful where I am right now, care for my family, my co-workers, my roommates so that I can build those good habits and practice loving people right now.

How can you apply this lesson of daily faithfulness in your own life? I think one good start would be to commit to doing your DTs on a consistent basis, especially during the summer, and practice reading and meditating God’s word as well as memorizing it so that in times of need we can cling on to it. Also, another good habit is to love the people that God has placed in your own realm of influence, your classmates, friends, family, peers…  I think often our day to day lives dont seem all that exciting and it is easy to think that we just dont have the right opportunities to be bold for God and do amazing things, but I think we do have opportunities..it is just that it is hard to love the people you see day in and out, you may get frustrated, annoyed and irritated but I think therein lies the key to daily faithfulness and perseverance, to training yourself up for times of crises.


1 Response to “Daily Faithfulness (1 Samuel 17)”

  1. 1 andy
    May 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing Michelle. I definitely agree that daily faithfulness is what prepares us for the trials of life and our faith. As Pastor Ed quoted in one of his messages, “Emergencies do not create heroes, they discover them.” His point being that emergencies like the situation facing the Israelites in 1 Samuel 17, don’t make people heroes, they just give heroes the opportunity to be seen by others. It was David’s daily consistant trust in God and defending of his sheep, that prepared him to be a hero against Goliath.

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