Whose Son Are You?

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Many of us know the story of David and Goliath. A young shepherd boy went out to fight the fearsome beast Goliath. 
Goliath was a giant standing feet above the other men, he had extra toes and fingers, and he also had exquisite armor to cover his already seemingly indestructible body.  
David was just a young boy enjoying his time in the field with the sheep and away from the clamor of his family; but God had other plans.  
We often find ourselves in this same predicament.  We are content in the place we are dwelling but God has something greater.  
Many people, when telling the story of David and Goliath, only acknowledge the part where David decided to stand up to Goliath and fight for the name of his God. 
The reality of the story is that initially David was on a simple mission for his father (earthly father) taking rations to the soldiers. 
It is apparent to me that David was definitely the baby of the family and was even perceived as such because when his brothers saw him they asked him what his purpose was for being there. 
One even asked him if he just came to see the battle.  David responded with, “What have I done now?  Is there a not a cause?”  
This shows that David was used to being questioned but almost as if he expected his brothers to know he would have only been there if sent by their father.  
Have people ever misunderstood your mission?  
Have they questioned your motives?  
It is important to know that some of the greatest names in the faith were questioned regarding their intentions. 
The first lesson we can learn is that God always has a plan and he will often use those around us to put us in the perfect place for our next move or triumph.
While David was there obeying his father’s command he was presented an opportunity by his heavenly father to take the first step into his God-given purpose and the mandate over his life and that was to stand against Goliath. 
His next act would open the door for every other opportunity that was presented to David over the course of his life. 
Although he was a seemingly inadequate rival for Goliath, David knew God was with him and he pulled on his past experiences, protecting the sheep, to give him the strength and wisdom to stand. 
David stood before the people of God and their enemies as a mere youth while Goliath had been a warrior since his youth.  
However, the fight was fixed.  
The second lesson we can learn is that our past experiences are our training ground for the battles we will fight but we must also rely on the hand of God to carry us through the endeavor. 
It is never about your ability but about what God enables you to do.
Before David chose the five stones to use with his sling; Saul asked that David wear his personal armor on to the field.  
We must be mindful that while we can glean from others and learn strategies and techniques; there is always a personal style and demeanor that God has given us. 
We must always be who we are and allow God to do a personal and individualized work in us. 
David was used to being free to roam the countryside in his normal, shepherds attire and that allowed him to move with ease and agility which he would need for this next battle. 
He needed the familiarity of his own movement to give him the strength and athletic prowess in which he generally operated.  
The third lesson in this story would be fight from your own experience and use the weapons the Lord has trained you with and in which He has certified you to fight. 
David chose the five stones, placed one in his sling, and threw it.  
The stone hit Goliath in the head knocking him to the ground. David ran, took Goliath’s own sword, and cut his head off.  
He terminated this problem by removing its source of power.  
The fourth lesson is that when God allows you to defeat something you must totally defeat it by removing anything that feeds it or gives it power. 
David stood before the people of God, having defeated a powerful enemy, but he was still a young man. 
To his family he was still just a shepherd. 
He was still just the baby boy. 
He was just the youngest who was always curious or always in the way. However, this day he stood before the people as the warrior who defeated Goliath.  
The fifth lesson is that often those closest to you will never see you in the way God, or others, see you.  
Do not be discouraged when those closest to you do not know acknowledge your calling or your growth; God will exalt you in your due and appointed season. 
After the defeat, Saul sent for David and asked him, “Whose son are you?”  David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse.”  
We will find ourselves in this place when begin to embrace who we are in God and what He has called us to do.  
We must never fall into the trap of glorifying ourselves even if what we do, or accomplish, seems glory-worthy. 
David gave honor to his father and we must give the same honor to our heavenly father.  
The sixth and final lesson in this story is to always put God first and always attribute anything you do to His call and His permission for you to succeed. 
There will always be battles, you will always have an opportunity to fight or fail, but in all things give glory to God.  
We should live our lives in a way that people do not have to ask to whom we belong but instead when they see the magnitude of our works they know whose child we are. 
They will know that we are children of God.
 
See page 5A in the Wednesday, October 19, 2016 edition of The Douglas Enterprise

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