Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:50
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, smote the Philistine, and slew him, but there was no sword in the hand of David.
Reflections: Without a sword in his hands, David overcame the Philistine giant, Goliath. He only used a stone which he slung out of his catapult. This notable victory came about after David triumphed over several attempts from the camp of Israel to dissuade him from his decision to contest Goliath. First was the voice and anger of his brother Eliab who insisted that the issue at hand was no child’s play and that David’s insistence on fighting stemmed from ignorance and pride (v28). Next was the voice of King Saul, who also thought in the same vain (v33). Indeed the whole camp of the army of Israel discouraged David under the pretext that the giant was just unconquerable. Finally even the voice of Goliath also contended with the conviction of David (v41-44). None of these opposing voices could however, change his stance. He marched on into battle and won the contest hands down with a stone and a sling. This was because his conviction was based on his relationship with God. Like David, don’t allow yourself to be pushed around by people who’s convictions are contrary to the divine will.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may I always be driven by divine perspectives and not by the conviction of people.
Confession: I am driven by divine perspectives and not by the conviction of people.