DAVID – DEVELOPING AND EXERCISING FAITH
1 Samuel 17:1-50
Faith: acting in accordance with what God has promised to do or in accordance with His character
Development of Faith
1 Samuel 17:36-37
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. 37The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
Lesson: Yesterday’s tests prepare us for today’s trials (cf. Jeremiah 12:5)
1 Samuel 17:38-40
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Lesson: God has provided all we need to accomplish His work through us (cf. Zechariah 4:6)
1 Samuel 17:45-47
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied….47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Lesson: It is God, not our faith, resources, or abilities, who brings success to our efforts (cf. Luke 17:5-6; 2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
As Kingdom leaders we are reliant upon unseen resources that we tap into by faith. This is a learned habit developed over a lifetime. Where’s your confidence resting? Is it in what is seen and known or are you trusting the unseen Lord to lead, guide, and resource you?