Monday, December 11, 2017

Past Achievements Versus Present Challenges

Text: 1 Samuel 17: 32-51 New Living Translations
32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”
33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 
35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 
36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 
37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”
38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 
39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.
“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 
40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him,
42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 
43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 
44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 
46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 
47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 
51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.


Thoughts:

I have a question to answer here:

-Telling your past achievements in your present challenges, is there anything wrong with it? 

Answer: As I've read those passages above, especially in verses 34-37 that say:

34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 
35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 
36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 
37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

I can say that there's nothing wrong with it. David himself, when questioned about his ability to fight Goliath, he mentioned his past achievements to take care of his present challenge.


Application: People may sometimes not understand us by telling our past achievements to take care of our present challenges but that is something biblical. It's not about bragging or something. It just means that we know ourselves more than they know us. It also means that those past achievements are our point of reference that we can face our present challenges because if God has helped us in the past, then He will help us in our present and in our future.


Yes, the Bible also tells that we need to forget the past and strain toward what is ahead but I believe this story of David was recorded in order for us to remember that we can look at our past achievements not to stop from there but to make that as an inspiration that we can face new challenges in life because God has helped us achieved in the past and if He can do it in the past, he can also help us do it in our present.It may be a different situation or challenge but it has something to do with the courage inside that is brought about by our past achievements and of course, the trust in the Lord that He can help us in our present and in our future.


That is why, when i tell about my past achievements in life, i don't look at it as bragging about myself, i look at it as a point of my reference that God will help me in my present  and future challenges because all that we have accomplished, God has done it for us (Isaiah 26:12)



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Past Achievements Versus Present Challenges

Text: 1 Samuel 17: 32-51 New Living Translations 32  “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33  “D...