Sundays October 6-27
David is the famous shepherd boy who killed the giant Goliath with a slingshot and a stone, then became Israel’s most famous king. However, the most unusual thing about him was that God said David had a heart like his. How did that happen?
David was greatly challenged by the experiences of his life - just like we are. With God's help, he responded with humility, teachability, authority, and grace in the face of disappointment. His character was molded into the kind of man God could really use. Learning and living those characteristics will change our lives and our world!
After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him:
"I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart;
he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22
David was overlooked as anyone significant, let alone a candidate for king. His older brothers looked on him with disrespect and disdain. Saul thought he was incapable. But David knew who HE was and who GOD was. That gave him the ability to see clearly, act confidently, and walk humbly.
David was a powerful king who was disobeyed and disrespected. He was teachable enough that he backed off and allowed a woman, a commoner to challenge his angry decision, and save his legacy.
As we progress in life, we tend to believe we deserve “the fruit of our labors” and we put ourselves at the forefront of our thoughts and actions. David chose to use his power and influence for the benefit others.
Reality trumps our dreams. Life doesn’t always turn out as we pictured and hoped. Sometimes it’s our choices that make it so, sometimes the choices of others. But God is faithful. We can lose our dreams without losing our confidence or faith in God.