Wisdom From The Lord
Posted: Sunday, May 15
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
Verse of the day:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 110:10)
David knew where to find wisdom. He knew it was in fearing God. When Goliath made his challenge David’s response was along these lines. “How dare this Philistine defy our God. This is not right. Who is going to do something about this?” David answered his own question and said he would fight Goliath.
Now when David came to this conclusion he received some opposition or “wisdom”. His brother Eliab was angry with him. 1 Samuel 17:28 is a big, long verse of Eliab chewing out David. This is what Eliab says to his little brother. “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” Now if David had listened to Eliab’s “wisdom”, he probably would have just gone back to caring for the sheep but he didn’t.
When word got out what David said, it was brought to the attention of the king. So King Saul sent for David. David told the king that he would fight Goliath. Listen to King Saul’s “wisdom” he gives David in 1 Samuel 17:33. “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” If David had listened to King Saul’s “wisdom” he may have just went back home to daddy, but he didn’t.
Next David goes out to meet Goliath. Goliath has some “wisdom” of his own for David recorded in 1 Samuel 17:41-44. “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” If David had listened to Goliath’s “wisdom” he would have either ran scared or ended up dead, but he didn’t.