Spiritual Practice


Perrie Tatum

Everyone thinks David was small. When he fought Goliath, David was young but he was not small or weak. Like an athlete who practices for hours before an important game, he’d had plenty of practice. In 1 Samuel 17:36 (CEV), he tells King Saul, “Sir, I have killed lions and bears that way, and I can kill this worthless Philistine. He shouldn’t have made fun of the army of the living God!”

Read how David defeated the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

David had been a shepherd, taking care of his father’s sheep and keeping them safe. While the story may sound sweet—a boy in the meadow with little lambs—being a shepherd was dangerous work. David would be out in the country; no one would hear him if he called for help. If a bear or lion came near the sheep, David had two options: he could let the animal attack the sheep, or he could fight. All that practice prepared David to meet Goliath. He was confident, he was ready, and he won.


PRACTICE: How is God preparing you for the big game in your life? Keep working hard, even if no one notices. Remember, no one saw David kill lions and bears, but the whole army of Israel watched him kill a giant.

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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