DAY 2: David the Warrior
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a shepherd? For many, the title of Shepherd causes them to think about the Christmas Nativity scene, with peaceful shepherds standing around a manger. Baby Jesus is there, along with Joseph and Mary. A bright star from a clear sky is shining down, and angels are singing a lovely melody.
But this view of a shepherd is far from reality. As a shepherd, David was constantly on alert. When a lion or bear tried to attack the flock of sheep, David attacked back. He didn’t have a rifle or even a bow and arrow. He had to hunt the hunter, and it required an extreme amount of skill and courage.
So when a soldier from the opposing military mocked the people of Israel and their God, David was unafraid to step forward and meet him in battle. The story of David and Goliath isn’t a mere fairly tale to encourage children. It’s the story of a man who may not have had the build of a warrior king, but had the heart of one.
As you read today, consider this: Read the story of David & Goliath as-if you’re reading it for the first time. What resonates with you most from the story?
READING & JOURNALING:
What resonates with you most from the story of David & Goliath?
Think about it: What kinds of life choices had David made that helped him to be unafraid in his battle against Goliath? What kinds of choices can you make today to put you on a path of being unafraid to face life’s battles?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 20 & 21
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, Today I am recognizing that the story of David & Goliath isn’t just a story, but is a true life example of how trusting and following You can lead me to overcome any obstacle. May my trust in You grow ever stronger. I praise You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.