Lesson Eight | Devotion #1: David
Wes McCullough | Production Director
David, son of Jesse, king of Israel, lived an extraordinary life from which we can learn a great deal. The principle I want to focus on for this devotion is trusting in God.
I have heard countless stories that go something like this: I had an electric bill to pay, and I needed to tithe, but I only had enough money to do one. I knew I had to pay my electric bill or else my power would be shut off, and my family could not stay warm. I knew God would understand why I had not given my tithe that week but I decided to honor God and tithe instead of paying my bill, trusting that God would provide. The next day, out of nowhere and completely unexpectedly, God provided the exact amount I needed to pay my bill.
The specifics of these stories varied, but the lesson learned was always that God provides when you rely on Him.
The most well-known story about David is arguably “David and Goliath.” David, in his youth, went one-on-one with an oversized and experienced warrior. He refused to wear armor for this battle and armed himself with only five stones and a sling. Did David take five stones because he was not sure one would be enough? I believe David was confident that he could defeat Goliath with one stone but was not sure if he would need the other four stones to fight Goliath’s four brothers. With a single small stone little David defeated his big enemy.
David’s confidence, not in his abilities but in his God, is so inspiring. He did not need a pep talk. He stated his assurance simply, “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” (1 Samuel 17:37). God had shown His power to David by helping him kill vicious animals, and now he was so certain God was with him that he “ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:48).
I hope you find yourself inspired by David to be obedient and faithful to God especially when earthly understanding disagrees. Trust God despite the odds. Trust God despite logic. Trust God despite reasoning. God has proven Himself too many times to be doubted. Keep in mind Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”