let no man’s heart fail | 1 Samuel 17:31-37
When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 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.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:31-37 | ESV
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Mark Twain
Read all of 1 Samuel 17 if time permits. Let yourself enter the scene – don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Write what you see and hear. Be open to divine nudges towards courage as you square off with your own Goliaths. Perhaps you might even write/paint/sketch your own current “Goliath” – and the smooth stones God has put into your hands as you face him. Write.
What fed David’s courage to stand up to Goliath? What past stories in your own life of dangers and fears faced can feed your courage in now?
Living God, I invite you to take hold of my life today for your purposes.
Please fill me with the Living Water of your Holy Spirit that as you pour me out:
my motives may be rooted in your Love,
my decisions may be rooted in your Wisdom,
and my actions may be rooted in your Courage.