Gaining Experience

1 Samuel 17:36-37
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.

There are many times in our lives where we probably would not have chosen for ourselves the circumstances we had to endure.  Surely David would not have enjoyed being attacked by a lion and a bear.  We don’t enjoy suffering through hardships like illness or injury.  We would not choose the pain of losing loved ones.  Things like job loss or bad relationships or personal struggles are not things we strive for or desire.  But when these kinds of things come along, we get through them.  And God uses tough circumstances in our lives to grow our faith and dependence on Him and prepare us for bigger challenges ahead.

David could look back on these victories and face what came next with confidence because he was not relying on his own strength or power.  Though he slew the lion and the bear, it was God’s hand that delivered him out of danger.  When we look back on past victories in our lives, we see the hand of God working on our behalf.  And when we realize that it was His strength that pulled us through all along, we can face whatever bigger challenge looms large on the horizon.

In our own lives, perhaps the path God needs us to take involves a lion and a bear.  Maybe there are some trials He wants us to go through so that we are equipped for some larger task ahead of us.  God’s will must be accomplished, and often what that requires from us is not easy or comfortable.  But when we head to our battlefields trusting in God and relying on Him, much will be done for His glory.

David might have been just a young man, but he did not go alone.  And like David, though we’re lowly and weak, we can face our own Goliaths and prevail as long as we go with God by our side.  David would not stand by as his God was mocked because he knew that he served the one true God, an all-powerful God.  He was willing to step forward with just a sling in his hand, to proclaim his allegiance to God, and accomplish an impossible task.  Let’s seek in our own lives to live with that kind of faith, to grow through our trials, and allow ourselves to simply be instruments of God.