BIBLE READING: I Samuel 17:1-20
1 Samuel 17:22
“And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.”
I don’t know about you, but when I get to chapter 17, I tend to jump toward the end to read about the battle and the great victory. There are some important points I tend to miss when I do that. At the end of Chapter 16, David starts to be given some responsibility in the kingdom. He is the king’s personal musician and armor bearer. After being anointed to be king and now excepting these new positions, he might think things are progressing for him. Then, Saul goes to war and sends David back home and takes his older brothers with him. Now he is back where he was before. I don’t know about you, but I would be confused. We see that David faithfully kept with the task at hand and stayed faithful with the small everyday chores. He did what he was told and was obedient and responsible. I know there are a lot of more important points in this chapter, but I was reading through this chapter and this stood out to me. Growing up I have heard preachers, teachers, and parents say, “When God sees you responsible with the small task, He’ll reward you with the big.” Often, we can become enamored with big dreams or fighting big battles, when God wants us to be faithful with what He already has given us to do. I’m not saying that is wrong, but we cannot neglect what God wants us to do every day for Him. If David had not faithfully developed his character and served God in the small tasks, God would’ve never used Him in the great plans He had for him. Let’s today faithfully serve Him as He guides us step by step every day.
David Fulp II