David and the Faithful 400
By Carolyn Dale Newell
It seems odd that a hero of the faith such as David would only get a mention in Hebrews, even if, as the writer stated, time would fail to tell all there is to tell about each of these men, including David, one of the most well-known people in the Bible.
“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets.” (Heb. 11:32, NKJV)
David slayed the giant, Goliath, with just a sling and a stone. As his father’s shepherd, David protected the flocks from dangerous animals, killing bears and lions. He eluded King Saul, who was seeking to kill him. Years later, he had to flee Jerusalem when his own son Absalom was trying to steal his kingdom. David was quite the hero, but as I studied him, one verse kept jumping out at me.
“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (1 Sam. 22:2)
Everyone who was distressed, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented—that could describe just about anyone. At one point or another, we are all in distress, in debt, or discontented. We are told in 1 Samuel 22:1 that these men were his brothers and relatives. Why would they want to risk their lives to help David while he was hiding in a cave as King Saul hunted him down like a wild animal? Perhaps they trusted that God would make David king, since Samuel had anointed him. They may have had hopes of positions in the kingdom, but maybe they were looking for more than just a promotion. Could they have wanted to have the same faith, the same unwavering trust in God that David had?
Can you think of someone who has shown tremendous faith during times of great suffering? I am drawn to people like that. My faith is strengthened as I listen to them describe the things God has done in their lives. Even with their faults, David made the abovementioned men his soldiers, not to harm King Saul, but to protect himself. It probably gave their faith a boost to know that David found them useful. David knew that God works in ordinary people, and he trusted that God had surrounded him with an extraordinary group of ordinary men.
Can you imagine them gathered in the cave as David told the story of how he killed Goliath with a stone? I can just hear him explaining that it was not the stone to the giant’s forehead that felled him, but God. That is why he fell down face first. (1 Sam. 17:49) How their faith must have increased!
Many of us are distressed, in debt and discontented, but God can use us too. We are ordinary people who can do extraordinary things through the power of the Holy Spirit. We can slay our own giants through that very same power. We do not have to remain distressed, in debt, and discontent. We can trust God. That is what faith is all about—trusting God.
No matter what giant stands in your path today, ask God for giant-slaying faith. Ask Him to do the extraordinary in your life.
Carolyn Dale Newell is a Christian wife, mom, and passionate writer. After losing most of her vision, she began writing devotions about God’s grace and strength to encourage people as they go through life’s struggles. She writes for Encouragement Café and Ask God Today Ministries, as well as Garlands of Grace eMagazine. Her devotional eBook, “In The Storm,” is available for free on Kindle at Amazon and wherever eBooks are sold.
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