The story of David and Goliath is one of the most endearing stories in the Bible. It is story of overcoming obstacles.
The giant, Goliath, challenges God’s people. Only a young boy, David, accepts the challenge and, with only a sling and through God’s help, defeats the giant. You can read the entire Bible account in 1 Samuel 17.
Lessons of life are screaming at us in this story:
- Be bigger than your fears.
- Size doesn’t matter.
- Make use of what you already have.
- Believe it’s possible.
- Don’t underestimate your capabilities.
- The list of lessons could go on and on….
But as we consider lessons for our home, I think one stands out above the rest. Preparation. David’s responsibilities and experiences at home prepared him to face the giant.
This Sunday I continue a sermon series, Home Improvement. I am looking at Bible families to help our families. This week I’m looking at David. Rather than look at his family as a father, in which he failed miserably, I want to learn what his home life was like that enabled him to be a giant-killer. The title of my sermon is “Preparing a Giant-Killer”
As a young boy, David took care of his father’s sheep. This responsibility had within it some of the character qualities and life experiences that prepared him for the giants in his life.
I want to encourage parents, grandparents and all adults to realize that you are preparing young children for the rest of their life. In fact, even as adults, we are being prepared today for the battles we will face tomorrow. It’s a principle of life. The key to success is preparation.
I also want to discover some of the specific responsibilities of being a young shepherd that prepared David for killing giants. These are some of the same qualities that will prepare anyone for killing the giants of life. The Bible is so true and practical.
In addition, this Sunday we honor all our volunteers. Though God will reward all true service for Him in Heaven, it is important that we show appreciation now. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. But we at least want to say thank you to those who serve God and us through Faith Baptist.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.