Have you ever felt like David, who was considered the least of his brothers?
We know that the prophet Samuel came to Jesse‘s house in Bethlehem to anoint King Saul’s successor.
Jesse trotted out Eliab but Samuel was told not to consider Eliab’s height or appearance. Then Jesse brought out his next six sons and none of them were picked. When asked if he had another son, Jesse mentioned that indeed there was one more, the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.
Do you feel like someone that is overlooked?
When David was brought to Samuel, the LORD told Samuel that David was the one. How do you think David felt after seven of his brothers had been brought out to Samuel before his father remembered him?
How humiliating for David!
He was overlooked because he was the youngest and had been out doing his job, tending sheep (not a glamorous job).
During his time tending sheep, David was being prepared for what God had in store for him.
While shepherding, David would kill both lions and bears with his sling. David also had time to be alone with God in prayer and in singing. He even was called up to sing and soothe Saul.
Sometime later, David was going about his normal life when Jesse instructed him to go bring bread to his eldest brothers and cheese to their commander. This was the normal errand for the youngest son.
David was not old enough or big enough to be sent off to war. His brothers were. David was left at home.
When David arrived at the front lines, he heard Goliath’s taunt and can’t believe what he hears and that no one is doing anything about it.
His eldest brother Eliab “burned with anger” when he heard David talking with the men and berates David.
David would not have any of Goliath’s blasphemy and mockery.
David was the only man in the army willing to fight Goliath and word was reported to Saul.
Saul heard about David’s training in the wilderness and wanted to fit him with the king’s armor. That did not work so Saul had David go out and fight Goliath with what David was used to.
David’s time as a shepherd allowed him time to get to know God and to practice with his sling.
The fight that was to transpire between David and Goliath was one that David gave completely over to God. He trusted the LORD to show up and defeat Goliath but he still was willing to do his part.
David’s faith in the LORD and his ability with the sling made short work of this hulk of a man.
3 Lessons Learned
God can and will use your abilities and past to give you a future when you do His work.
David’s time as a shepherd allowed him time to work with his sling and to build up courage against lions and bears. David also was able to spend alone time with God and get to know Him better.
Your family may not always support you.
We see this in how David was overlooked by his father when Samuel came to Bethlehem. We also see it in how Eliab treated David, with contempt.
Others may try to get you to do things their way and not the way you know.
David knew how the LORD had gifted him and told the king that he could not use the king’s armor.
We are all gifted and need to use our gifts in the way God intends. We need to be mindful of when people in our lives tell us we need to do things a certain way since that is how they did it. Times and giftings do change.
The LORD Will Triumph
Remember that every battle is the LORD’s and His victory is assured.
As believers, we are part of the body of Christ. We are each gifted in a unique way and need to function the way God has made us.