When God reveals only a portion of your calling

I remember the moment so clearly. I was in Bible Study, my back was toward the screen (because per usual, I arrived late and the good seats at the round-table were taken). As I swiveled back and forth between looking at the screen and taking notes in my workbook, I felt the word Titus jump out at me from the pages of my Bible.

We had just recently moved to Denver. We didn't yet know of Abreham or Elsabet, we did not know they would be joining our family.

I felt like God was saying to me, "Titus is your future. Titus will come."

Since we'd already brought home two kids from Ethiopia, I took this to mean we would be adopting a sweet little boy named Titus.

I remember as Beth Moore's video ended and our group went into a time of prayer requests, I told the group about this Titus revelation. We were all excited about the idea that God would be bringing more children into our family and we lifted this request of protection and discernment before the Throne in prayer.

A year or two later, as we were in the process of adopting Abreham, I remember wondering why his name wasn't Titus. I remember wondering if our new son would want to change his name like Ezekiel did (his Ethiopian name is Temesgen) and if he'd randomly choose Titus as his new "American name."

But no.

And when the Lord revealed that Elsabet was ours, my heart asked Him, "But where is Titus?"

I heard no answer in response.

Until today.

I realized Titus isn't a child...it's a calling.

I was posting and commenting in the Bible Nerd Facebook page. Several ladies were asking to join, so as I clicked "yes", I also clicked on their profile pages to learn more about each of these new women to our community. One stated they were part of a Titus 2 Ministry at their church.

What's a Titus 2 ministry?? I thought.

Opening my Bible to that book in the New Testament, I realized at some point I had heavily underlined sections of the chapter and gasped.

My heart skipped a beat as I realized the Lord had told me that day not that I would have a child named Titus...but He was calling me to teach.

After reading the passage several times, I headed to Google and typed in "What is a Titus 2 Woman?"

Here is what I learned:

The whole goal of a Titus 2 woman is to train younger women in Biblical, simple-to-measure, Spirit-empowered, love-based living.

Paul did not call for Titus as the pastor to train all the women in these qualities God wanted them to cultivate; rather he called upon the godly older women of Christ's church. He singles out the women of faith, those who had already learned to love their husbands, learned to love their children, and learned to be reverent, godly, modest and wise—and charged them with seeking out and meeting with every younger woman in the church.


You can read more about a Titus 2 Woman here, but I have chills reading the above description, having already felt like the Lord was leading me to something.

Do you or have you felt like God was placing you into something? Preparing you? But you weren't sure what for?

David (the shepherd boy who defeated Goliath and later became king of Israel) went through the same thing. 1 Samuel 16 tells the story of when he was anointed by the prophet Samuel.

The Lord set Him apart, chose him, and appointed him to be king one day...but guess what? When his head was anointed with oil, he had no idea what he was being set apart for. He wasn't given a timeframe or a schedule of events. He wasn't given an end game or plan.

All David knew is the Lord was writing his story to include something other than simply being a shepherd.

And He has something for you, too.

It would be nearly a decade from the day David was anointed, until he was crowned king.

In the in-between time, his life looked abundantly different than someone who would one day rule the nation. Even though he had no idea (yet) that this was where God was bringing him, David went from a shepherd to a helper of the king.

David was known to be a great musician and was asked to come play the harp for King Saul in order to help him relax and relieve his troubled spirit. Through this, the Lord allowed David to see what life was like in the home of the king (whose place he would eventually take). David could see the interaction between family members and staff. He could see the reality of the king's day-to-day.

When we do good work and gain trust from those around us, we often gain more access or responsibility and this was the same for David. Saul respected and had confidence in young David and because of this, he was also given the title of Armor Bearer.

As you can imagine, an Armor Bearer does just that...handles the armor. Because of his new role, David was required to be a fly on the wall when Saul was in battle, awaiting the moment the king needed help putting on his protective covering.

I'm sure there were times when David thought, "Why am I here, Father?? This is not where I thought You'd take me. What's the purpose in this??"

But there WAS purpose in it...because can you think of a better opportunity for David to learn? Not only did the Lord allow David to see into a king's life at home, he also got to listen in as strategy was discussed with the king's generals. He saw how the king acted and reacted when things went poorly in battle, or when they went well. He was basically in king-school, though he had no idea.

What are you in "school" for?

What is God training you for that seems completely unrelated to what you're currently doing...when in reality, it's the perfect precursor??

Even when King Saul turned on David (due mostly to jealousy) and set out to kill him, the situation was used by God in preparation for him becoming king. I'm in no way saying that God was pulling strings to make Saul hunt down David...what I am saying though is even our really REALLY hard times can end up being used for good.

There can be purpose in our pain.

1 Samuel 20-31 shares David's life of fleeing and hiding from the king. Within the pages of these chapters, we see how a young man who is scared spitless and who will do whatever needed to survive...becomes a man of great wisdom and discernment as he learns to talk first with God before acting.

He needed this time of hardship to become the man of character God needed him to be to lead a nation.

He wasn't perfect, of course. As we read about his reign in 2 Samuel, we know he made mistakes over and over. But each time he did, he fell on his face before the Lord in remorse. His relationship with God was so strong that our Heavenly Father even referred to him as "a man after God's own heart" (read more about that here).

Perhaps you're not where you want to be.

Maybe you feel the Lord whispering the words, "more" and "bigger" but you don't know what that means or looks like.

We all hate the waiting period, so what do we do when we're in it??

We all just want to be there...we want the fulfillment of a calling, yet hate the preparation period it takes to get there. But we can't just sit on our hands and literally just wait. We need to actively wait...and the best way to do that is to grow in our relationship with Him.

Read the Bible. Pray throughout the day. Serve. Grow. Learn.

Like David, seek His face as you make decisions and in how you act in situations.

Maybe He will open your eyes to the fact that He wants you to be a woman in Titus 2 like He is showing me. Perhaps it's something completely different.

But whatever it is, it's going to be exciting. Especially as we know we're doing it to magnify His name and the kingdom of heaven.

Are you in a time of wait?

If so, how are you actively waiting?

Are you in a time of fulfillment?

If so, can you see how even little things helped prepare for this time of completion?

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 1:6 . NIV

Take Joy,


1 Samuel 19-20 (Week 10) Being a good friend though loss + hard times

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We learned last week that everything David did turned to gold. 18:21 says, In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. He did all he was asked, and then some. He went from shepherd boy who delivered food to his brothers in battle, to being the hero of it all. He was taken into the palace, became the king’s number one musician, his most successful warrior, his son’s best friend, and his daughter’s husband.

David went from zero to hero with one swing of a stone, and was forced to run for his life from the king himself who couldn’t control his envy, seeking to kill him.

Today I want to focus on two themes: loss from jealousy, and friendship through hard times.

I heard once that jealousy is something that has two victims, and that is certainly true here. Once again Saul attempts to pin David to the wall with his spear while playing the harp, barely escaping with his life (19:9) just as he had in the previous chapter (18:10-11).

The morning after this second attempt, Saul sent men to David’s house to spy and ultimately kill the young warrior. Michal, his wife, must have been observant enough to see her father’s plans unfolding outside her front door and warned, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” Letting David down through a window, the brave Michal saved her husband, allowing him to escape.

Stuffing the household teraphim (a clay figuring which represented household spirit guardians), beneath bed coverings and placing goat’s hair at the head, the dim light of a flickering candle or oil lamp would be enough to convince the soldiers David was too weak and ill to move.

Michael’s plan was nearly a success, though in the end, the ruse was realized as the soldiers returned with an attempt to kill him in bed. Switching gears, Michal instead convinced the men she was afraid for her life and allowed her husband to get away because he threatened her.

She had no idea of course, but the moment Michal let David down that window, she lost the man she loved dearly. Eventually her father would remarry her to someone else and it wouldn’t be ‘till years later (after David had several more wives), that he would seek to reclaim her. Michal never had children with either husband.

Saul’s jealousy ruined a marriage. He forced a young man to run for his life. He turned his greatest warrior into a fugitive who ran for his life, living in caves, and even fleeing to Gath (the enemy land where Goliath was from). All this because Saul simply couldn’t wrap his mind around the fact that David was not out for his throne. The young man who brought joy and support to the king suddenly became a source of anger and resentment. The king’s jealousy went unchecked and boiled over to a point that he simply couldn’t reign it in himself.

Fleeing to Ramah, David first seeks solace in Samuel’s home and then joins the aging priest to Naioth, which means dwelling or tents. Not only is David able to conceal himself through security in numbers, but has the opportunity to live within a body of men who have committed their lives to worshiping God.

I love that the former shepherd hid himself here, of all places. It’s so important that when we’re struggling with something, we run into the arms of a body who will love and support us in Jesus’ name. David’s situation is likely nothing we’ve ever experienced, but even so…our strife and wounds are still best supported within a body of Jesus-loving people who will empathize and fall to their knees in prayer over us. People who will encourage, inspire, and embolden us as we grow closer with Him through it.

David seemed to understand the need of this, escaping to a place he knew his thirst for wisdom, discernment, and protection would be quenched as he was poured into by Samuel and the rest of the God-fearing men in this tented community.

It didn’t take long however for word to get back to Saul, who immediately sent men to capture David. Whether Samuel led a group of prophets on a daily basis, or this was some sort of special assemblage, we don’t know. But just as the king’s soldiers saw the group of holy men prophesying, the spirit of God came upon them and they also started prophesying. Saul was told about what happened and sent several more groups of men out to bring back David as prisoner but each time, they too were overcome by the Spirit, forgetting the king’s errand and remained in Ramah prophesying.

Finally, Saul had enough, traveling to Ramah himself. But “the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. He stripped off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay that way all day and night.” (1 Samuel 19:22-24)

This scene is just so hilarious to me and is a fantastic reminder that if God wants to block something from happening, He most certainly will. Saul was on an unworthy mission and God didn’t allow it to come to fruition. The Lord protects David, giving him the chance to journey back to his best friend Jonathan, seeking advice about Saul’s intentions.

Jonathan simply couldn’t comprehend his father acting in such a way and clung tightly (albeit naively) to his father’s proclamation on oath that David would not die (19:6). Because he and David’s friendship was one built with a firm foundation however, Jonathan couldn’t ignore his friend’s insistence and decided devise a plan to pursue King Saul’s true intent.

Read chapter 20 to understand exactly how their plan unfolded…and how Saul’s jealousy and anger once again reared its ridiculously ugly head. Jonathan was aghast at his father’s posture toward David was forced to pick a side, something that I’m sure it pained him to have to do. Having his eyes opened to Saul’s intent, the prince continued with the plan, sending word to David that he was indeed correct that his life was in danger.

The two had a tear-filled goodbye (20:41b says David wept the most) as an era ended. David was no longer the harpist and prized warrior for the king. His former life was lost, for no reason other than unwarranted envy and resentment.

As David turned to leave, Jonathan said “Go in peace! The two of us have vowed friendship in God’s name, saying, ‘God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever!’” (1 Samuel 20:42)

They parted, though their friendship remained. So much so in fact that they promised one another to take care of their offspring if death came too early. In those days, if someone (like David) was to strip a king of his throne, every family member would also be put to death to ensure the safety of the new royal line. The thought was, if they were all gone…there would be no one in a line of succession to try and reclaim the crown.

Believing David will one day rule and he will not, Jonathan implores his dear friend to go against custom and instead care for his family. And David did just that. We learn in 2 Samuel that after Saul (and Jonathan) had died and the kingdom was officially David’s, he sought out Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s crippled son.

Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always. (2 Samuel 9:7)

Are we willing to go against cultural stigma and invite others in like this? Would we take in our friend’s children because of the deep love and care we have for our deceased friend? What about simply going against cultural norm in how we open our door…who have you invited in lately that made you feel out of your comfort zone?

One of our girls has a friend whose family recently moved here from Japan. The mom doesn’t know much English and every time I saw her at school pick up and drop off, I could sense loneliness and a desire to connect in her eyes. One day I decided to get over my own comfort and invited her over for coffee. It wasn’t easy, conversation was forced and strained at times during our time together as we searched for a topic that was easily conversed through limited English. But you know what? We laughed at our struggle, we tried our best to understand one another and desired to dive in deeper than simply the weather.

As my new friend shrugged into her jacket and we said goodbyes, she hugged me and looked me right in the eyes, a smile no longer on her lips as seriousness took hold. “Thank you”, she said. “Thank you for this.”

Friendship...true friendship isn't talking about the weather and keeping it all at the surface. Making new friends is sometimes awkward (head here for another post on that topic). Even friendship that has been a constant for decades goes through seasons and struggle.

Struggle is sometimes good. It reminds us we're fighting for one another.

Choosing a friend over a parent who is doing wrong is difficult. Supporting a friend who will receive the blessing that you’re technically supposed to receive, takes selflessness. Bringing your friend’s disabled child into your home is challenging.

David and Jonathan went through each of these (and gosh, so much more)!

We often need to press through the hard to be a good friend.

We need to get to the place where we’re ready to connect through discomfort. Through hard times. What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend do you want to be?

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I can't wait to continue on next week!

Take Joy,


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1 Samuel 18 (Week 9) - Friendship + Jealousy

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Before diving into chapter 18, let’s leaf back to the very end of the last chapter we studied. After David threw the stone, sinking it into Goliath’s head, he ran out to where the Philistine lay. As King Saul watched the young boy cut off Goliath’s head, he asked the commander of his army who the boy was.

I had lots of questions about this, since I didn’t reference it in the blogpost (though I did in our live Bible Study here in Denver). It seems strange, doesn’t it? Why, if Saul had already had David come to play the harp for him, 16:21 even stating:

And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.

So why is Saul asking who this boy was? We do know that Saul’s mental state declines though the rest of 1 Samuel but I don’t think that’s it. Think of the life of a king, president, or any high profile leader. Consider all the people they come into contact with each and every day. Folks are always coming through their office. Their home. They are constantly meeting with the public. With heads of state. Maybe some individuals bring their families or their assistants and their own people of service. King Saul is not unlike our leaders today as a multitude of people come through his path each day, week, and month.

I can’t even keep everyone straight, can you? With six kids at five schools and each of them in sports and activities and doing playdates with friends from all over the place, sometimes even I lean over to my husband and need him to remind me why someone looks familiar!

As we begin reading chapter 18, the story of who David is, continues. After the young shepherd tells Saul that he is the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem (17:58), Jonathan enters the scene. We’re told that the prince became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself (18:1).

I always thought the way this was worded seemed a bit strange. They were friends, sure. But what was different about it?

The Hebrew word used here in 18:1 is not a sexual love, but instead one that is used for political and diplomatic alliances (1 Samuel 16:21 and 1 Kings 5:1). In fact, this type of covenant (Hebrew word beriyth) was also used between God and Abraham (Genesis 15:18), as well as between God and Moses (Exodus 24:7-8; 34:27; Deuteronomy 5:2) and means a treaty, alliance, pledge, or agreement. If we dive deeper into their story, we learn that within the lines of their agreement, Jonathan would be second in command in David’s future reign (1 Samuel 23:16-18) and David was to protect Jonathan’s family (1 Samuel 20:14-16).

The Message writes their friendship beautifully as it shares in 18:1 that:

By the time David had finished reporting to Saul, Jonathan was deeply impressed with David—an immediate bond was forged between them. He became totally committed to David. From that point on he would be David’s number-one advocate and friend.

We will continue to see three amazing traits of their friendship through these next weeks:

Loyalty, sacrifice, empathy, sacrifice, and simply being emotionally present for one another.

Characteristics of friendship that we too, should emulate!

Verse 4 tells us that:

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

Can you imagine what kind of person Jonathan must have been? The significance of this gift to David was that he recognized the shepherd turned soldier would one day be king over Israel. This was to be his title. His future. But jealousy did not rear its ugly head in the prince, like it did the king.

Jonathan walked so closely with God that he knew his father’s mistakes cut off the family line to the throne…and yet we see no anger. No sadness or attempts to persuade God from the decision He’d already made.

I’m thinking about all the times I try and persuade God from His plans, as if I know better. And as much as I’d like to deny it, sometimes my eyes do grow green with envy as I hear about a friend’s book being published or house being remodeled.

Jonathan should have been king. He was a good man, didn’t make the same mistakes of his father or have Saul’s heart. And yet God’s plan for Jonathan’s life wouldn’t include his own crown, but rather being friendship and support for the man who would.

Sit and think of something you want so badly. And then think of your best friend living it instead. Would you be the kind of friend who would support her and throw confetti with a genuinely happy-for-her heart? Could you do it? How do you get to the point where you rally around a friend who has everything you thought was yours? Perhaps a marriage, a pregnancy, the job of your dreams.

We need to get to the point of trusting Christ enough to embrace the idea that He knows what He’s doing. Our plans and dreams may be good….but His plan is perfect. Sometimes they don’t make sense to us, but just because it doesn’t make sense to our mortal eyes, does that mean it’s not right? We know God does not make mistakes. He’s not about to start with your life.

Spend some time in silence this week as you drive your car or do the dishes. Take away the noise and distraction for a bit so you can be wholly listening to God’s quiet voice. Pray to Him, search His heart as you release your expectations, dreams, and plans to Him. Live with open hands, giving it back to the Father who created you. He will most certainly show you what calling and assignment He’s birthed you for. Because if we have but one life….don’t we want the one He has placed us on this earth for?

Queen Esther’s uncle encouraged the young woman that she was born for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). An ordinary girl, turned queen that saved her people from death. We may feel ordinary, but because we have God within us, we are far from typical and average. We too are born for such a time as this. We just need to figure out what the this is.

Pray that He shows you.

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I can't wait to continue on next week!

Take Joy,


Study: 1 Samuel 17 (Week 8) David + Goliath...not the underdog story we were taught

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I absolutely love all the dramatic description in the story of young David defeating the nine-foot-tall soldier named Goliath. I just eat up every morel of minutia and detail in what this oversized champion wore, how much it weighed, and what it was forged from. I love knowing that his coat of chainmail weighed five thousand shekels of bronze, which is about 126 pounds (or 57 kg).

Think of that! That’s what my high school son weighs...and that's simply his chain mail? This man must’ve been massive!!

2 Samuel 21:15-21 mentions other men with extremely tall stature, also rising from Gath. Not only is their height something to take note from, but they also had six fingers and six toes. There was likely a genetic disorder that caused gigantism through families in this area. If there was such a disorder among these men, they would likely also had a bone deficiency, which would explain the ease with which David’s stone penetrated the man’s skull (as mentioned here).

If I’m going too fast and need a refresher on the story, head here to read it in the ESV and here for The Message.

The basis though, is this:

Israel and the Philistines are headed to battle, yet again. Each group of adversaries shroud the hillside, lined up on two ridges facing one another with nothing but a valley between them. Sounds straight out of a movie, doesn’t it? Jonathan and his armor bearer pushed the forces back when they fought these soldiers at Micmash in chapter 14, but that accomplishment was a far cry from actually defeating their foe.

For whatever reason, it seems that the two militaries had reached an impasse or standoff, each unwilling to make the next move. Thundering out from among the lineup of fellow-soldiers, however Goliath, champion of the Philistines, begins challenging the Israelites to send their own champion out to decide the war’s outcome in a single, one-on-one type combat. A duel, of sorts.

These battles differed from the duels we see in Cowboy stories today though, because the ramifications didn’t merely effect the one ‘slower to the draw’, but rather the whole army or even entire nations. The strongest one one either side would fight to the death, absolving the winning side from further fight.

The losing side would become slaves, serving their enemies.

For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand (17:16). Saul may have been head and shoulders taller (9:2) than anyone in the land, but this giant frightened not only him, but every man in their military. They didn’t retreat. They didn’t surrender. Instead, they held fast. Nothing was done. No one dared move into position, and confront this monstrous man, for there didn’t seem any way to win.

And not winning didn't just mean defeat. Like we talked about earlier, it put everyone into slavery.

Until one day when David came to camp, bringing supplies sent from his father.

David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother heard him speaking with the men, verse 28 says, “he burned with anger”. What’s gotten his pants in a twist, you think? Is he jealous that his younger brother was chosen over him when Samuel came for the anointing? Was he just too cool for school (you know the type)? Or did he simply dislike his baby brother?

The Bible doesn’t go into it, but I’m thinking perhaps a mixture of it all. We know Eliab was handsome and if you glanced over a room for someone dynamic and extraordinary, your eyes would probably rest upon him. He looked the part. Like God reminded Samuel in chapter 16 however, God looks at the heart, not one’s outward appearance.

As David continued conversing with the Israel army, it sounds almost as if he was trying to rally their spirits as he encouraged their boldness and bravery with the fact that they were “the army of the living God!” (17:26) In my mind’s eye, he’s standing there with his hand raised above his head, waiting for a massive high-five.

I can see him smiling from ear to ear, face flushed the color of his hair from excitement, waiting with his hand still raised, looking around for someone to come alongside him with an enthusiastic cry of agreement. Instead though, his big brother comes over with smoke coming out of his ears.

Why have you come down here? Who is watching your tiny flock in the wilderness? I’m your brother, and I know you—you’re arrogant, and your heart is evil. You’ve come to watch the battle as if it were just entertainment. (17:28)

“Now what have I done?” said David, rolling his eyes (Ok I totally added the eye part). “Can’t I even speak?” (17:29)

David ignored him and asked another soldier the same question, and the people gave him the same answer. His brother may have not thought much of him, but others definitely heeded his encouragement because as the news of David’s valiant words reached King Saul, he sent for the boy.

One of my favorite verses in the New Testament is Acts 4:13:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

These seasoned warriors saw something in David. They thought his words were worth noting, though not even his brothers stood beside him. And even through his family growing angry with what he said, David spoke up anyway. He stood his ground.

David knew that soldier was huge…but His God was bigger.

The young man was filled with the Holy Spirit and others may not have been able to put their finger on why they were drawn to him, but it was for this very reason. Like Peter and John, generations later, people recognized something unique and different, maybe even holy. David was a shepherd boy who had the courage and fortitude to go out and fight a man not even the most gallant and heroic Israelite combatant would go and fight. Why? Because He trusted God before all.

No one really knows how old David was during this story, but most agree that he was likely around 15 years old. You’ll notice when he comes before Saul, the king doesn’t say anything about being too short or too skinny or too small in stature. He instead tells David,

“You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:33)

The word youth here is the Hebrew term na’uwr which means a child or person of youth. It’s probably why he wasn’t fighting alongside his brothers already, he wasn’t old enough! Saul is less concerned about his size, but rather wary of the fact that he is simply a kid lacking in age and experience.

Just like Samuel responded to God's calling as a child, so would David.

I shared this verse early on in our study, but it's a perfect fit for this story, too: 

Don’t let anyone belittle you because you are young. Instead, show the faithful, young and old, an example of how to live: set the standard for how to talk, act, love, and be faithful and pure. (1 Timothy 4:12)

David immediately thought of occasions where God had shown Himself through the boy. With these situations, David's faith grew. He knew that while being faced with impossible situations, God would always stand beside him and help him though. He may have been young...but even a youth can change the trajectory of something.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth.

And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”  

And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

(1 Samuel 17:34-37)

Knowing David had already slew both a lion and a bear likely boggled Saul’s mind as he thought, “Who is this kid?!” After pondering whether David’s confidence was stupidity or unmitigated bravery, he agreed to the arrangement.

If David truly is 15 years old here, I’m curious how old he was when killing the bear and the lion. Was he 11? 13? Think of your own children or siblings, or even think of yourself when you were a young teen. He is brave, yes. But in the moment of coming face to face with a wild animal, think of the sheer terror.

What have we been massively afraid of and yet stepped into?

What has come into our paths that seemed too big to fight or conquer?

Maybe some family issues or something with a friend.

Maybe cancer is your bear or the loss of a job is your lion.

Maybe someone betrayed you or God placed a calling upon your heart that seems too big.

What’s your lion and your bear?

Those experiences helped prepare David for this moment before Goliath. He knew the Lord had shown up before and He would show up again.

How often do we waver in our trust in Him? We say we have faith and confidence in Him but would we really go out there and face it with nothing but five smooth pebbles and a slingshot? (17:39-40)

As David stepped out before the taunting giant, the young shepherd said this:

You come to me carrying a sword and spear and javelin as your weapons, but I come armed with the name of the Eternal One, the Commander of heavenly armies, the True God of the armies of Israel, the One you have insulted.

This very day, the Eternal One will give you into my hands. I will strike you down and cut off your head, and I will feed the birds of the air and the wild animals of the fields with the flesh of your Philistine warriors. Then all the land will know the True God is with Israel, and all of those gathered here will know that the Eternal One does not save by sword and spear.

The battle is the Eternal One’s, and He will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

I wonder if the Israelite army did silent fist pumps or forgot to breathe. I'm curious if they were loud in their encouragement and support of David or if you could've heard a pin drop.

The boy slung a rock from his slingshot and the stone hit Goliath square in the forehead and sunk into his skull. As the towering man fell, dust cloud rising from around his felled body, David ran to him, killed the man with his own sword and cut off his head. (1 Samuel 17:50-54)

And the Philistine army fled.

Welcome David, to the rest of your life. Saul was so impressed, he asked that the boy remain with him in his service, leaving the life of Shepherd behind.

I'd love to know what hard things God has allowed you to go through for a purpose. Because He's building you into for a special person for a particular position or calling. 

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I can't wait to continue on next week!

Take Joy,