Thursday, May 25, 2017

Goliath Is A Big Dude

God Has Equipped You For Your Appointed Work
Read 1 Samuel 16 & 17

What am I doing next?  This question has been at the forefront of my mind the past several months.  It was less than a year ago that I closed my interior design practice, took a job as a preschool teacher, passed four Praxis' exams (to become an art teacher), and now I am officially unemployed!  A lot has happened in a year.  It's strange.  It's uncomfortable.  It's scary.  It's okay.

Deciding to close my interior design practice took well over two years to implement.  What seemed so sudden, was really a work in progress.  God was preparing my heart for this change.  A change that He knew would be very difficult for me.  A change that He knew would benefit me.

Walking into the role of preschool teacher was definitely God ordained.  I never dreamt of being a preschool teacher, yet I received the job offer in a matter of hours and began working the following week.  What people didn't see at the time, was that God had preparing me for this role.  He had been teaching me and instructing me for 8 years as a Bible Study Fellowship children's leader.  I am forever grateful for the wisdom and instruction that I learned at BSF.

As far as art teaching goes... I'm not quite sure this is going to pan out.  Obviously, I don't know the future, but my heart is shifting as I see job after job get filled with teachers, other than myself.

I'm beginning to ask myself, "What's next?"

The truth is, I don't really know what's next.  I go back to thoughts that I had at the beginning of this post... It's strange.  It's uncomfortable.  It's scary.  It's okay.

I find great joy and excitement as I read the word of 1 Samuel 16 and 1 Samuel 17.  I see a servant (named David) sleeping in a field, watching over sheep, killing lions, and wrestling bears.  He's the youngest in his family.  He doesn't even cross his father's mind, whenever Samuel shows up to anoint the next king!  David is a simple shepherd.  I don't imagine that David is sleeping under the stars, dreaming about becoming the next king of Israel.  He's just doing the work that God has placed before him and he does it well.  David, who doesn't even know it at the time, is being equipped by God.  He is being equipped by God to do a work that only he can do.  David is about to slay Goliath.

This is where I am... I am just taking this life (one day at a time) and I can't wait to see where my glorious King of Kings places me next!!!  I can't wait to see the Goliath that God is going to slay in my life.


God Appoints David as the New King
16:1-3  God told Samuel to stop grieving over Saul and to go anoint the new king.  God would give Samuel instruction
16:4-5  Samuel went to Bethlehem and sacrificed with Jesse and His 7 sons
16:6-10  Samuel looks at the 7 sons of Jesse and God tells Samuel. "Don't look at the outward appearance because God looks at the heart."
16:11-12  Samuel asks Jesse if there are more sons and Jesse brings the youngest son, David.
16:13  Samuel anoints David the next king of Israel

  • Are you an appointed child of God?  Explain.

God Integrates David Into Saul's Service
16:14-18  Saul requests a musician to help get rid of the evil spirits that were tormenting him
16:19  Saul sends for Jesse's youngest son, David
16:20-23  David became Saul's Armor-Bearer
17:1-3  Saul and the men of Israel stood before the Philistines
17:4-7  Goliath, a mighty Philistine warrior stood about 9'9" tall, Goliath's spear was the size of a beam and a shield bearer stood before him.  Goliath was a big dude!
17:8-19  Goliath shouted and antagonized the Israelites for 40 days
17:20-23  David went to the encampment and heard Goliath yelling
17:24-31  All the men of Israel fled, in fear, from Goliath
  • How has God used your past experiences to integrate you into a special work?

God Equips David to Defeat Goliath
17:32-36  David told Saul that "your servant will go and fight with this Philistine", Saul resists.
17:37  David said that the Lord who delivered him in the past, would deliver him now!!!
17:38-39  Saul put heavy armor on David (It's not a good idea to be someone that I am not meant to be or to do something that I am not meant to do - J.Vernon McGee)
17:40  David removed the armor (was true to the way that God made him to be) and chose 5 smooth stones to place in his shepherds pouch (2 Samuel 21:22 - Goliath had 4 descendants, David was ready for all 5 men.)
17:41-44  Goliath is insulted by David's youth and appearance
17:45-47  David tells Goliath, "I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts"
17:48-49  David ran quickly to the battle line and struck Goliath in the head with a stone
17:50-58  David defeated Goliath
  • In what ways has God equipped you to face your Goliath?

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