David, ready to help!
1 Samuel 17:16-23 NLT
For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army. One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing. ” David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.
Reflection . . .
In this part of the story of David and Goliath, we see David obeying his father Jesse by taking supplies to his brothers who were on the front lines of the war. We see three interesting things in this story that David did as he lived a life in full obedience to his father’s direction.
- He eagerly obeyed his father’s instructions.
- He left his regular responsibilities in the hands of others in order to accomplish the task.
- He hurried out to meet his brothers, seemingly without fear of what was going on around him.
When faced with what we know is the right thing to do, perhaps something God is calling us to do, or helping someone, let’s be like David as we see in this story — obedient, responsible, and courageous! Those characteristics are what’s at the core of what it means to Build God’s Kingdom.