CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Sunday, December 19, 2021 | Be A Student Of Experience
Topic: Be A Student Of Experience
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Read: 1 Samuel 17:31-37
1 Samuel 17:31-37 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
So the king of Israel answered and said, “Tell him, Let not the one who puts on his armour boast Iike the one who takes it off” (1 Kings 20:11)
One of the prerequisites for success in life is for us to gather all our past experiences and let them serve as teachers to guide us along the way. We cannot rule out experiences in acquiring wisdom. We acquire wisdom through the experiences we pass through in life. According to our today’s key text, a warrior that is still dressing for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won. Experience must make the difference. But failure occurs when we fail in learning from our past experiences.
When the young man, David, made an attempt to go and fight with Goliath, Saul thought that David was inexperienced to face the battle. The scripture says, “And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this philistine to fight with him; for you are youth, and he a man of war from his youth” (1 Sam. 17:33). Here Saul thought that David lacked experiences to face Goliath who had been in the game for years. He did not know that David, too, had gathered his Own experiences for that very day when he was all alone in the desert with different challenges (vv. 34-37). The experiences you gather today is what you will use to face your future challenges. Do not complain during challenges.
David used his past experiences to fight with Goliath and he won. He did not run away from the lion and the bear. He took the responsibility to protect his father’s flock that is why he was able to face Goliath and he who killed Goliath will become the king. And as for you, he who kills the Goliath of your family will become the king over others. Will you be the one? Do not run away from the process. You cannot boycott the divine process and succeed in life. When David’s brothers met Goliath, there was nothing inside them to confront him – experience.
The experiences we pass through today are part of what God uses to prepare us for the future He has for us. Experience is indeed a great teacher.
1. I make a strong decision today to garner necessary experiences to face my future challenges in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, endow me with the spirit of champion in Jesus’ name.
3. Pray for our Christian soldiers to cultivate the spirit of courage and faith in God as they go to the war front.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Joel 2:15 – 3:21: Amos 1:1 – 2:9; Rev. 8:1 – 9:8
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]