I Samuel 17.1-37
Reference: v. 15 But David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
Explore: When David decided to fight Goliath, it was not the first time he had been with Saul’s army. It was not the first time Saul had met him and it was probably not the first time that he had heard Goliath’s cry. In the previous chapter we read that David was already playing the harp for King Saul when he was troubled and this verse tells us that he went back and forth to the army. And yet it was this particular time that David decided to stand up and fight. Was the news of the rewards that Saul would give rewarding enough to spur him on to battle, unlikely, and it hadn’t worked on anyone else! And yet there was something in this occasion where David felt more of the power of God upon him, and he stood up to fight.
Application: Cameron and I had been going along to the same annual event, doing the same tasks, contributing in the same areas for 3 years before we met each other. Sometimes we marvel at how we didn’t get to know each other sooner. And yet, looking back, it was the right timing. The things we both learnt in the previous years have helped prepare us for our marriage now. And I believe it was God’s timing that we met when we did. Sometimes we never find out why things happen when they do, but we do know we have an all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present Heavenly Father who wants the best for each one of His children.
Prayer: Father God, I praise you that you are in control and not bound by the time structure of our world. Help me to have your eternal perspective in every thing I do. Amen.
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Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.