Theme of the Week: DEFCON
Bible Verse: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
In DEFCON 4, we saw increased security measures. In DEFCON 3, we move into readiness, and that usually means people are being alerted.
In our scripture verse, we see the tail end of the story of David being anointed as the next king of Israel.
What struck me about this story was David minded his own business, tending the sheep one minute and became the anointed king of Israel the next. “Oh, by the way, this giant of a man, Goliath, wants to kill you. Have a beautiful day. ”
Sometimes life comes at you fast, and you aren’t prepared for it. But David shows why God chose him to be king of Israel. The new role didn’t seem too big for him despite the first few days on the job.
When Goliath called out for someone to come fight him, and everyone avoided eye contact, David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
If you read 1 Samuel 17: 31-37, you read that David may have looked way too young, but he was more than able to act on a moment’s notice. It seems David could more than hold his own even against lions trying to take one of his sheep as a snack. But David wasn’t having any of that, and he wasn’t having any of Goliath’s smack talk as well.
Is your readiness elevated when it comes to speaking about your faith in Christ Jesus? You don’t need to be aggressive but speak with truth and grace.
What do you do to make yourself ready? Saying you are isn’t enough.
Just as David went about his duties, and by doing so, they prepared him for something greater, you have the same opportunity. Spend time in the Word of God, so you are ready when God calls you into action.
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