We all have obstacles, mountains, problems, handicaps, and giants to overcome in our lives. Whether those are in our personal or professional lives, we still have to have a plan to overcome them. For a couple of years now I have been teaching a lesson on “Overcoming Giants” based on the story of David and Goliath. There are so many lessons out there on that subject from the history of Goliath to why David picked up five stones to why the stones were smooth. So I decided to look at it from a different view, why was David even there? Why was this shepherd boy out on the battlefield to even begin with? Those questions led to some eye-opening truths that changed my view of obstacles or giants to overcome!
Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. Take along these ten kinds of cheese to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.
– 1 Samuel 17:17-18
David, the little shepherd boy was out tending the flock. His father, Jesse, called him home and sent him to the battlefront to get an update on the status of his older sons. Jesse sent David with some sandwiches, Cokes, and a cheese sampler, think charcuterie board, to the battlefield and to the general to butter him up for information. While there David hears Goliath talking trash and has righteous indignation and the rest is history.
So what are we to learn from this lesson? The top layer lesson is this, God wants to give us large victories but in order to get those victories, we must do the little things first. David did not wake up that day expecting to become a national hero and legend by the end of the day. No, he woke up and began his day just like every other day, out in the fields with his sheep. Head down doing his work and doing what he was supposed to do. Over the next few weeks, we will look at some lessons on how to carry the cheese.