1 Samuel 17:33a,34-35a NIV 2011
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him…”
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it…”
The mighty King Saul had no one that would go against Goliath. David questioned why Goliath would “defy the armies of the living God?” David’s oldest brother’s jealousy burned with his question. But David answered Saul’s words with words of his own stealth in caring for his father’s flock against predators in the area. God was with David because David relied on the Lord in all areas of His life. While defending the Lord’s flock, God was with him in his victory over Goliath. Reliance on the Lord is essential for those who follow the Good Shepherd, Jesus.
David rescued the sheep that were placed in his care. As a sheep not the Lord’s, salvation rescued me from death giving me eternal life in Christ. The hard part is learning to rely on Him alone. In our take-charge world, we want to be in control of our lives from the first time we defiantly tell our parents, “I want to do it myself.” Spending time with three-year-olds will drive that statement home after you’ve done it a while. My world works better when I faithfully rely on Christ daily.
How will we rely on Him today?