1 Samuel 17:32-40. David prepares for the fight
- Today we find David before Saul offering to take up the challenge and
to go out and fight Goliath. Saul, who may well have envisaged a great
warrior taking up the challenge, sees only a boy and cannot imagine how
David can succeed.
- David looked back on his experiences of fighting wild animals and knew
that God had been with him on those occasions and was still with him as he
prepared to fight Goliath.
- Saul, wanting to help, offers his armour to David but in doing so is
trying to make David into something he obviously was not. David leaves the
armour and prepares for battle in his own way. This involves a visit to the
stream to collect his ammunition. The five smooth stones hand picked for
their qualities as slingshot may well have been the size of cricket balls.
We will discover their effectiveness tomorrow.
- To consider
- How often do we prejudge people by their appearance?
- If faith experience is not age-dependent, how open are we to younger
members of our church?
- Spend a few moments looking back over those times when God was
especially close to you and look forward to the challenges to come, knowing
God is with you.
- Do we, like Saul, try to make people into someone they are not? How do
we stop ourselves?
- Are we aware of people trying to make us something we are not –
are we, like David, able to resist and be ourselves, recognising our
- Father I thank you for your love for me and I pray for the courage to
let go of my prejudices and to accept people as they are, made in your
image and loved by you. Amen.