Last week, I shared a Biblical story about David, being chosen by God to become King over Israel. I illuminated on how it was unprecedented in the first place due to the family he came from which was barely known and his standing in his family. Secondly, his probability of getting near the throne was close to impossible but God made it possible hence making me call him the ARCHITECT EXTRAORDINAIRE. I then concluded by encouraging us, to always trust in God’s timing and ways no matter how long our dreams and aspirations tarry.
By the way, do you believe in luck? I absolutely do. But what is “Luck”? Merriam Webster defines luck as “the things that happen to a person because of chance: the accidental way things happen without being planned”. There are others who beg to differ from this definition because they don’t believe things happen by chance or accident. Therefore, they define “Luck” as a moment where adequate preparation meets opportunity.
Let’s now revert to David’s story. Even though he was anointed by Samuel to become King, and God orchestrated a way for him to get to the King’s Palace to serve Saul, there was one thing left. He had to be known by the people he’d be ruling and gain their trust and approval. One of the traits a king had to possess is bravery and tact at fighting battles because there were numerous conflicts between tribes and nations. Moreover, the superiority of a tribe or nation was based on their ability to defeat others in times of conflict. David was to replace an incumbent King, Saul and he had already gained the trust of the people of Israel because he had won battles for them. How would David be able to gain their trust and approval as Saul is still alive?
Israel had a long history with the Philistines when it came to battles. There came a time when a fierce and fearful Philistine warrior in the person of Goliath challenged the Israelites every morning and evening for 40 days. David’s brothers were in the battle field fighting the Philistines during this period. He was sent by his father to send food to his siblings in the battlefield and update his father on how his brothers were faring in the battlefield. David arrived on the battlefield to check up on his brothers as he was asked to and while there, he overhead Goliath boastfully challenging the Israelites. Goliaths countenance attracted the ire of David so he asked: “What will the man get who kills this Philistine and frees Israel from this disgrace”? He was told King Saul will give a big reward to the man who kills Goliath. In addition, the king will also give him his daughter to marry and will not require his father’s family to pay taxes.
David then run back to King Saul and said “Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine! I will go and fight him”. Saul answered No!! How could you fight him? You’re just a boy and he has been a soldier all his life!”. “Your Majesty,” David said, “I take care of my father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear carries off a lamb, I go after it, attack it, and rescue the lamb. And if the lion or bear turns on me, I grab it by the throat and beat it to death. I have killed lions and bears, and I will do the same to this heathen Philistine, who has defied the army of the living God. The LORD has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine”. “All right” Saul answered. “Go, and the LORD be with you’”. So, David went and defeated Goliath.
God being omniscient knew David couldn’t be King without gaining the approval of the people so a public display of David’s ability had to be orchestrated through Goliath’s incorrigible behavior. No wonder after David’s conquest of the Philistines, the women eulogized him saying “Saul has killed thousands but David tens of thousands”. The scenario of David facing Goliath can be seen as accidental because David was sent to deliver food to his siblings without any intention of fighting but it would be an error to call this luck. It epitomizes a situation where preparation meets opportunity.
God knew one of the requirements David had to meet in order to become King was to defeat Goliath. As a result, David’s first mission was to be a Shepherd boy in the wilderness. While there, he had to be exposed to Goliath like creatures in the form of lions and bears. According to research, the estimated weight range of lions is 150-250kg for males and 120-182kg for females. Goliaths average weight is estimated to be around 127-154kg. If David could kill this weighty animal in addition to a bear on a daily basis, it means he was physically and mentally fit to face Goliath when the opportunity presented itself. No wonder he wasn’t frightened like the others when he first saw Goliath.
Moreover, God is not a reckless God but rather a God who is principled and knows the rules of engagement on earth. God knew David couldn’t just fight Goliath solely on his own volition but rather upon the approval of the King. This is because the fight wasn’t only about two individuals but about two nations and the nation that loses has to subjugate itself to the rulership of the winning nation. So, the destiny and pride of Israel was at stake. God had to expose David to such precarious conditions so that when the time comes for him to gain the approval of the king, he’d have a convincing story to tell, in order to gain the King’s trust and approval.
God loved the people of Israel dearly so he had to make sure anybody that’d rule them had a heart for human life. He had to test the compassion of David by putting him in charge of helpless animals like sheep. What would make a man risk his life to rescue a lamb from the jaws and claws of lions and bears if not compassion? David’s relationship with his flock is akin to Isaiah’s description of God’s relationship with man when he says in Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young”.
We all have great dreams or have been told we’d do something great but I want to ask; Where do you find yourself in life currently? What are you doing in your current state or position? What is your countenance towards your current situation? David could have told his father that “Dad, as you can see, I’ve been anointed to become king, hence I can’t be your small shepherd boy any longer” He could have neglected his father’s flock to wander around and allowed predators to feast on them but he did none of these. He had to go back to his shepherding duties because he wasn’t yet fit to meet the requirement of facing Goliath.
You might find yourself in David’s wilderness situation but do not despair because it’s just a test match for your Goliath moment which would catapult you to your throne. Never belittle your current occupation just because you have better dreams. Stay faithful and diligent because if you don’t, your Goliath moment wouldn’t come thus depriving you of your throne.
Published by Desmond Tawiah