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Prepare For Great Encounters

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13 May 2024

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” (1 Samuel 17:28-37)

An encounter is a sure experience that mankind will certainly go through in the course of our journey on earth. The nature and the intensity of the encounter may differ from one person to the other, so also is the way individual people approach the issue. Whatever may be the outcome of the encounter—glorious and victorious or otherwise—always depends on the attitude with which we approach the issue. A right attitude, with a right motive operating in the platform of a righteous mindset will certainly produce a pleasant and brilliant result that will bring glory to God. This brief statement described the amiable characters of David, the famous King of Israel that went through so many encounters in his life time who ultimately received an accolade of Heaven and was testified of God saying, “… I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”  (Acts 13:22)

Humility and diligence were the rare qualities of David. Divine favor of God was part of His preparation. When something remarkable was going on in David’s family he was sent to farm to tend the sheep. In obedience and humility, he yielded to the instructions of his father. But the divine favor of God located him. After screening the amiable brethren of David, the Spirit of God did not prompt Samuel to anoint any of them. Besides, Prophet Samuel asked Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep” Samuel said: I will not sit down until David, the youngest member of the family of Jesse, is brought before me. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.” (1 Samuel 16:11) When he was brought to the presence of Samuel, the Spirit of God confirmed David as someone worthy of anointing of God. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 16:12-23)

David conquered hot temper with self-discipline. Read Eliab’s irritating taunt in verse 28 of the text passage above, and mark the fine self-control and cool-headed reply of the young champion’s reply! David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” (1 Samuel 17:29) He never responded in anger against the unwarranted irritating accusation of his elder brother. That godly self-control of his of temper helped him when he took aim at Goliath! He was able to focus on God for victory instead of depending on the unholy utterances and boasting of the arm of flesh.

David conquered worldliness; he dwelt in the presence of God with the heart of worship. When King Saul was sick, his physician recommended that a music therapy from a skillful harp player would calm the sick king. One of the servants of the king identified David out of a million harp musicians in Israel as someone that perfectly fitted to the need of the king. “Then one of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him.” (1 Samuel 16:18) Someone that David did not know nor imagined recommended him to Saul to be brought to the palace of the king to serve him. Perhaps you are doing something unique and righteous for the glory of God and you think that it is of no value, the day that God will celebrate your good work is at hand. He will ensure that you do not labor in vain. Surely the Lord God Almighty will reward your labor of love. 

David conquered fear with boldness. An obvious part of His divine preparation took place when David encountered the lion and bear in the shepherd field. Divine confidence set in in the life of David. He charged against these dreadful animals. Power from above was endowed him to prevail over the wild animals without weapon. He slaughtered the two dreadful animals. This unique experience build up enduring and lasting confidence in David to face the stiffer battle of his life. With this unique experience in his mind, he comforted King Saul in assurance, saying: “Let no man’s heart fail because of Goliath.” He then offered to face Goliath in battle.

David conquered unbelief with God pleasing faith. David does not need anyone to teach him the rudimentary principles of faith. He had wealth of experiences of the mighty hand of God upon him. He had known the Lord’s awesome power when he faced the bear and the lion. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-36) In Hebrews 11:6 the Scripture tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” When David gave the testimony of his victory over these animals, King Saul realized that the hand of God was upon him. The king now permitted the young David to face Goliath in battle in the Valley of Elah.

David conquered spiritual ignorance; he employed an uncommon weapon against his enemy. He knew what his enemies did not know. Goliath the enemy of David was boastful of his power and strength because he was a giant. He was a renowned warrior of the Philistine. While Goliath was an idol worshipper, David was an anointed servant of Almighty God. David knew the Creator of Heaven and Earth and he knew the Creator of the giants. He worshipped, feared and adored God. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45) Goliath came to the battle against David with a spear and shield, but David came to the battle with Goliath with the name of Almighty God of Israel. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4) The battle was spiritual weapon against physical weapon, it was a battle of real God against fake god, a battle of faith against unbelief. Beloved, we all knew the eventual victor of the battle in the Valley of Elah between little David and powerful Goliath.

David conquered revenge because he ascribed precious value on the anointing of God. King Saul became envious and jealous of David his servants. Several times he tried to kill him with his spear. It came to a point that King Saul pursued David with about 3,000 soldiers, intending to kill him. In fact, God delivered King Saul into the hands of David in the wilderness of Ziph. King Saul and his soldiers were tired and fall asleep in the night. Abishai, one of David’s men said, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless? (1 Samuel 26:8-9) He refused to kill the anointed King Saul although he was rejected and fell out of favor with God. Righteousness and holiness prevailed in the heart of David. It became clear that he will not slay the anointed man of God because he knew the worth and value of anointing of God.

David conquered impatience and in patience he possessed his possession. King David did not engage in any wicked scheme to get to the top. He did not take undue advantage against his enemy and kill King Saul in order to become the king in Israel. He waited patiently for about twenty one years from the day he was anointed to the time he finally became king in Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.” (2 Samuel 5:4-5) The scripture says in Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.” With patience King David was able to witness the purpose of his anointing after waiting in righteousness and holiness for about twenty one years. Patience is one of the precious virtue that children of God should possess. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)

Prayer: Oh Heavenly Father, grant me a right attitude within in my Christian life journey as I walk hand in hand with you so that at the point of my great life encounter, I will not be guided by the arm of flesh. Instead, Oh Lord, let me be able to yield unto the righteous characters of God in Jesus name, Amen.


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