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4 Short Lessons from I Samuel 17

Earlier this week I was reading I Samuel 17.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the David vs Goliath chapter.  A few things, well four actually, popped out at me:

Lesson #1 (I Samuel 17:28 NLT)

But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”

Sometimes those “know” you are the ones who don’t want you to grow, change or step out.  Don’t let other people’s shortsightedness hold you back from your giant slaying destiny!

 Lesson #2 (I Samuel 17:33 NLT)
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
Some will say you’re too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too much this, not enough that or otherwise deem you unqualified. But if God made you to be a giant slayer you ARE in fact a giant slayer!
Lesson #3 (I Samuel 17:50 NLT)
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.”  
Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, simply use what is in your hands right now.  It will be enough.  When you get to the point where something else is required, it’ll be there.  Right on time.
Lesson #4 (I Samuel 17:51 NLT)
Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.
When you actually need additional resources, they’ll be provided.  In His usual stop-on-a-dime, perfect timing, of course.
PS A bonus lesson from watching Veggie Tales Dave and the Giant Pickle with my nieces and nephews:  Little guys can do big things too!
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