Everyone has those a life-changing moments where everything changes. Some of those moments are for the best while others are sometimes for the worst. David’s father ask him to take some lunch to His brothers who were soldiers fighting in the armies of Israel. This was just an ordinary request David had no idea that God was about to wreck his life. He had no idea that would be his last day tending his father’s sheep. He had no idea that he was about to collide with his destiny. He had no idea that a stage was set for him and that it was also show time.
When David reach the Battlefield where his brothers and the army of Israel were camped, he was faced with a moment that changed his life forever. As David witnessed Goliath threatening and mocking the army of Israel, righteousness indignation burned within his heart. He asked, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”( 1 Samuel 17:26).
David was standing in a moment that would forever changed his life but he did not yet know it.
David was more concerned about Goliath’s blatant disregard for the living God. He was not trying to make his name known, he was just trying to represent the God of Israel. He was angry that a mere man, an uncircumcised man, a man that had no covenant with God was ‘disgracing’ God’s army.
Please understand that this was no ordinary moment but David didn’t know that it was a set up. God had divinely ordained for David to be there to seize the moment, an international stage was set, at it was waiting for the right person to show up. I wonder what kind of stage God has set for you and I. Sometimes we walk right past the stage that God has set for us, sometimes we look too hard for the stage that is set. Your stage is set but like David you must got through God to get to you stage. Don’t seek for the stage or the moment seek for the moment giver and the stage setter and he will lead to your stage at the right time.
Sometimes the stages that God has set before us can seem so daunting like a huge wave threatening to destroy our lives. David was not equal in size to his stage of Goliath but he knew that greater was on the inside of him and he trusted in the name of the Lord. He was just an ordinary shepherd boy, he was just there to deliver food. He could’ve just dropped off his brothers lunches and went on about his business. He could have just watch to see what would happen next. He could have said I am not a soldier, I am a shepherd, I am not qualified. One look at Goliath and David could have fainted like the rest of the army of Israel. He was not a trained soldier he did not know how to fight he was just a youth. David had all the right excuses if he needed them but he ran to face the giant instead.
Are you running from something that God wants you to face?
David seized the moment. You have been staring at Goliath for quite some time now, God wants you to seize this moment and run to the battlefield. What are those moments that are passing us by that if we only had the courage to seize it, our lives would be forever change. Have you ever feel like your life is at a standstill? This is where the army of Israel was, they were discouraged at the sight of Goliath. The battle was at a standstill until someone was brave enough to fight Goliath. They just stood there staring at Goliath, no courage to fight him, because they were trusting in their own abilities, they were thinking inside the box of their military training, They missed their moment, It took someone with no military training to see the battle from a different perspective. I bet none of the soldiers had any slingshots, they all had spears and javelins.
Have you ever felt like you have missed your moment?
You may even be able to go back to your mind and identify where you missed it, and why you missed it. There are some God moments in my life that I have totally missed it. The Lord said to tell you, He allowed you to missed it because you have become complacent, careless and nonchalant in your walk of faith. You missed it because you do not pray like you used to, you do not run after him and seek his presence like you used to. You missed it because you stop trusting him to fight your battles. You missed it because you are easily given to excuse; I’m to tired to pray, I’m too weak, too sick I’m not qualified, I’m too busy. As David claimed slew Goliath and claimed victory for Israel, I can hear the soldier saying we missed it. why didn’t we think of that? Why didn’t we trust god to fight the battle for us?
I wonder what would’ve happened that day if David had missed his moment. Here’s what I believe, God would have defeated the Philistines and slay Goliath but David would remain in obscurity until it was time for him to be King. We don’t know how God would’ve done it but God gave David a moment and David seize it.
In order for you to seize your moment, you need to be able to recognize your moment. In order for you to recognize your moment you need to get in the presence of the Lord. Get intimately acquainted with God that you serve. David was intimately acquainted with God because he spent many days on the back side of the desert caring for sheep. I imagine that he had many conversations with God on those lonely desert places. Often times as shepherds tend their flocks there is no one to talk to but God and the sheep. David being the psalmist and deep thinker that he was must have meditated on God’s words in those alone time. He must have sought the presence of God and encounter God because his confidence on the battlefield tells us that David knew something about God the armies of Israel did not know. The David the we see standing before Goliath was a confident David, he knew that God would give him the victory over Goliath. Yes he killed the lion and the bear but it took some supernatural confidence to stand before a giant. I wonder if God were to give you a giant slaying moment right now what would you do with it? Would you recognize it? Would you seize it?
God said to tell you that your reaction is about to set it off, You are about to set off a giant slaying moment in your life. The battlefield has been set, the victory is already won, God is waiting for you to set it off. Start moving in the direction of your giant. God says to tell you, He knew you would miss it the last 20 times but he was setting you up for this moment. This is the moment! This is the day! You are divinely position to become a giant slayer but God is waiting for you to stand up and seize the moment. He is looking for David’s that will recognize the moment, understand God’s vision for his people stand up in front of Goliath and declare, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (I Samuel 17:45).
Whatever your giants are, begin to speak to those Giants in your life; Giants you are about to die, giants of witchcraft you are about to die, giants of sickness and disease you are about to die because I come to you in the name of the Lord God Almighty. Witchcraft and poverty you come against me but I come name of the Lord. You come against me with contentious, jealousy, gossip and backbiting but I come to you in the name of the Lord. Giant you come to me with setbacks fears and failures but I come to you in the name of the Lord!
Seize your moment set off the the battle!! Goliath, you going down!! Answer the call to battle and seize the moment because their won’t be another moment like this. This is my moment where the giants that were trying to intimidate me is about to fall. Fear you have intimidated me long enough, procrastination, low self esteem, lack, sickness, weariness you have intimidated me long enough but you are about to fall. I set it off in the name of Jesus and claim victory over every giant that is trying to intimidate me.
From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. (1 Samuel 18:1)
David never returned home because the king kept him. His life was completely transformed. God gave him an upfront seat to the throne of Israel which he would one day occupy. Unknowingly David’s royal training had begun all because he seized the moment.