TOPIC: COURAGEOUS DAVID
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 2 OCTOBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL]
Text: 1 Samuel 17:25-37 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:32).
William Wilberforce was born at a time when slavery was acceptable in the society. But after he had an encounter with Christ, his perception of slave trade changed. Amidst strong and bitter opposition from his critics, Wilberforce fought for the abolition of slave trade in British territory. In the midst of bitter conflict, he said, “So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the slave trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.” What a man!
Today’s passage centres on David. He was on an errand from his father to see the welfare of his elder brothers who followed King Saul to battle the Philistines. When David got to the battlefront and heard the bragging of Goliath, he wondered aloud why no one was challenging the giant. Being confident of God’s power to protect him, he courageously offered to defend His name. Initially, no one supported David, but upon his persistence, King Saul reluctantly agreed to let him fight Goliath alone. David went ahead to the battle and with his faith fully grounded in the unfailing power of God, he triumphed.
David could have developed cold feet like Saul and the other soldiers. But he did not. You too must learn to stand for what is right even when you lack supporters.
There is no shortcut to victory. Victory lies in overcoming obstacles everyday. Obstacles may come in the form of oppositions, challenges or criticisms. But victory lies in depending absolutely on God’s promises and doing what is right.
Thought For The Day: Every accomplishment begins with the determination to win.
Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 1; Luke 2:1