32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17: 32-33)
I’ll admit, David’s résumé was very unconventional compared to a typical soldier fighting for Israel’s army and I can understand why Saul had his reservations. Not only was David young, he was also inexperienced, or so it seemed. While most soldiers were fighting in battle, in a conventional way, David was busy fighting lions, bears, thieves, wolves, and any other creature that might try to come between him and his sheep. People, including his own brothers, counted him out simply because his appearance and experiences defied any expectations of what they’re used to. He was basically divergent from the status quo.
Although his experiences might have been different, they were enough and equipped him for the task at hand.
The thing also is that his experience was perfect for his God given purpose.
You see, I don’t think David was called to be a soldier for Israel. I think he was called to be a shepherd for Israel.
Fun fact: Jesus, the good shepherd, comes from the line of David.
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
What I learned from this is to not discount any life experiences. They might be exactly what is needed to get you, not only to where you need to be, but to also be successful wherever God has called you to be. Nothing is too lowly for you to do if God has called you to do it. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
“All right,” Saul answered. “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 38 He gave his own armor to David for him to wear: a bronze helmet, which he put on David’s head, and a coat of armor. 39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor and tried to walk, but he couldn’t, because he wasn’t used to wearing them. “I can’t fight with all this,” he said to Saul. “I’m not used to it.” So, he took it all off. 40 He took his shepherd’s stick and then picked up five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his bag. With his sling ready, he went out to meet Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:37-40)
What God has given you is enough to accomplish your purpose. You don’t need all that extra stuff. The things that you think you need might end up being the very thing that holds you back from accomplishing your purpose. What you have, if God is the one who equipped you with them, will help you in accomplishing your purpose. So, take off all that extra and use what God has given to you. It is more than enough.
Also, if something doesn’t fit or doesn’t feel right, don’t force it. It is probably not for you.
SN: It would have made sense for David to take the armor, helmet of bronze, coat of mail, and the sword, right? Because they sound and look cool and maybe, in my own human way, I would think that they would give him an advantage. That turned out to be an alternative fact because guess what? God doesn’t work the way a man works and he doesn’t do things the way a man does. The way of God will always be better than the way of man. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). Keep doing things the way God has instructed you to do them. Yes, people may laugh at you and they might doubt you and that’s okay for “Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh” (Luke 6:21).
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:45-47)
If a regular smegular person off the streets had tried to kill Goliath, they would have probably, most likely, been killed and fed to the birds. You see, it wasn’t the stones that killed Goliath per se (technically, sure) but it was the name of God. While Goliath was fighting in Goliath’s name, David was fighting in God’s name, for God’s glory. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1-2). Listen, if you do things without God and on your own strength, even if the odds are in your favor and it just makes sense, you will surely fail. If you do things with God, even when the odds are not in your favor and it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, you will surely succeed.
BE confident in who God is and be confident in who you are in Christ. You can doubt yourself if you want, but understand “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth”, understand how mighty God is, understand the courage and strength that comes with knowing who God is, be so sure of the God you serve, be so sure of the powers of the living God that nothing and no one can scare you. Not trials or tribulations of any kinds, not any setbacks, not any disappointments, not any likkle “giants”.
The giants in our lives will begin to look relatively small when we understand the magnitude of how great and powerful our living God is. Magnify the Lord always.
We need to recognize the authority that we have in Christ and quit letting our problems bully us into submission.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a]against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-38)