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  • Writer's pictureMuyiwa Mepaiyeda

The Lion, the Bear, now This.

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

SOMETHING is to be said about the tried and true; they paint a picture. They have a story to tell.


Indeed, David had a story to tell.


He said to Saul: Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.


If it attacked me, I took hold of its mane, hit and killed it. (I Sam. 17:34-35)


He understood his call.


THE TRUE CALL of the Christian is not to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things in extraordinary ways - Dean Stanley.


Protecting the sheep was an ordinary chore, but David's faith in God was unique. So, he was able to do the common extraordinarily.


He understood his inner qualities.


YOUR CHALLENGE causes a revelation. Technically, it does not cause stagnation.


However, it reveals your make-up. So when you face a challenge next, respond to it properly.


You do so walking by faith. (Rom. 1:17)


He was bold.


THE ARMIES of Israel did not respond properly to the threats of Goliath.


Saul feared the enemy, and fear was contagious. So his soldiers feared Goliath because they were Saul's followers.

But David was bold as he followed God.


He understood there was a problem.


THE GREATEST way to solve a problem is to recognize that there is one.


Without recognition, there is no problem to solve.


David knew there was a problem, and he acted on it.

 

You will only act once you understand a higher call over your life.


He was gracious


SHAME is not your portion.


Wherever you allow shame to thrive, grace is not obvious.


David asked himself what it would take to end the shame. So, he shared the grace of God through his testimony. (I Sam. 17:34-35)


You must always take this approach when you face a challenge.


He put his faith in God.


YOU ARE no match for the enemy of the cross except by faith in Christ.


For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. But they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)


David trusted in God and became a match to the enemy of Israel.


He recognized his weapons.


WHEN SAUL referred to David as a youth, he testified.


He also said: The Lord, who delivered me from the lion's paw and the bear's foot, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. (1 Sam. 17:37)


He gave God the glory.


DAVID's elevator pitch was a testimony of God's doing. And wherever you testify of Him, God shows up.

Anytime you worship or engage the Word of God, His ability is released in you. And you are endowed with all you need to face your situation.


He understood everything flies off when you take God out of the centre. So, he deflected the glory of his success to God.

David made God the beneficiary!


He flooded their darkness with light.


DAVID's TESTIMONY ignited faith in the king.


He exposed the devil's work by shedding light on the deception that had enveloped the camp.


He wouldn't allow anyone to stop him.


FOR EVERYTHING in life, there's a cause.


Adam rose from sleep and said, "For this cause will a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife." (Gen. 2:24)


I John 3:8 says, ..For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.


David said: “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam. 17:29)


You can only give credence to what you know.


You will only act once you understand a higher call over your life.


Final Thought


A LITTLE FAITH will bring your soul to heaven. Great faith will bring heaven to your soul - Charles Spurgeon.

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