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Posted on August 06, 2010

In 1 Samuel 17:20 we read that David left the flock… There is more there, his dad gave him an assignment to take supplies to the army and specifically to see how his brothers were faring in the war with the Philistines. David left the flock there with every intention of coming back. But on this errand, events took place that changed forever the course of not only David’s life but the course of history.


When David got to the camp of the army of Israel, he walked into a bizarrely comical situation. Picture a pep rally before the big game. Or better the pregame huddle in the tunnel. The men were pumping themselves up for the fray. Yelling war cries; you can almost see and hear it, you have seen it on TV a hundred times, men jumping up and down in a circle with their hands extended and a final cry of, “Heyyyyyyyyy, Israel!” Then they break the huddle and run to the field. Only to see the nine foot plus Goliath standing there waiting for them. So they run out of the huddle, do a 180 and run back up the tunnel.


David saw this and made a series of life and history altering choices. First he voiced his incredulity that no one would take on this man. Why?


  • He did not see Goliath’s insult against Israel but God.
  • He knew that the fight was God’s.
  • He knew that God would prevail.
  • He had seen God prevail in the wilderness.


When we go on errands we step into the world and will have to make similar decisions to engage. The affronts will not be as obvious as a nine plus foot tall giant hurling insults. The cries for help will not be as clear as 1 Peter 3:15. But they will be there and we will have the opportunity to choose to respond. Our response will be shaped in the same way David’s was. It will be formed by our experience with God in the wilderness long before we are in a position to choose.


So we need to be engaged in knowing Him in private so our choices when we “leave the flock and go to the front line on an errand” mirror David’s.


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