Theme: Worshiping God- God Calls His People.
“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.”
A: Grain and bread for his brothers, and cheese for their commanding officer.
A: A sling and 5 stones.
Nobody in the whole army of Israel wanted to fight Goliath, because it just seemed too hard. And failure most certainly meant being killed by Goliath. But, when David heard about Goliath, he didn’t run away from it, and for him, a teenage boy, defeating Goliath was not just hard, it was nearly impossible. Instead, David faced the giant, and did the impossible; he won the battle for the Lord and for Israel.
You may not face battles as difficult as David’s, but you deal with hard things all the time. Maybe it is a project at school or a chore at home. Maybe it is something even bigger, like telling a friend about Jesus or standing up for something you know is right. In the face of tough problems, it is important to remember that God is always with you. He gives you strength when you need to do the difficult things that he calls you to do.
Read more about David and some of the other things that he did with God’s help throughout the books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. Want to dig deeper and learn more about God giving strength? Check out Psalm 46:1-3, Proverbs 18:10, and Nehemiah 8:10.
Think about the hardest thing that you’ve ever had to do. Sometimes we make things more difficult for ourselves because we don’t prepare well for them. Before his battle with Goliath, David prayed to God for help. When the time came, he took exactly what he would need to defeat Goliath into the battle. The next time you face a serious challenge, take some time to pray to God for his help, perhaps even writing out your prayer, and then be prepared for what you must do.