I Samuel 17 tells the story of young David being sent to bring food to his brothers, a part of the Israeli army who were being taunted by the giant Goliath. When David arrived and heard the things being said, he was taken aback by this blatant defiance against Gods army. Lets pick up in verses 32-37:
“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told him. “I’ll take care of this Philistine!”
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “How can a kid like you fight with a man like him? You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!”
But David persisted. “When I am taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said, “and a lion or a bear comes and grabs a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If it turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!”
Saul finally consented, “All right, go ahead,” he said, “and may the Lord be with you!”
As I was re-reading this story, I realized that in telling the story of the lion and bear, David wasn’t trying to brag on his exploits, he was simply reminding himself that the God who was with him in the pasture as a shepherd, was well able to do the same with this enemy of His people. It also caused me to see that this was a step forward in his journey to become king.
He’d already been anointed by Samuel in front of his father and brothers as the future king of Israel, but was sent back to tend the sheep in preparation of that position. God was training David to tend his own sheep (Israel) and protect them from their enemies. Although it wasn’t clear at the time, trust in God was being cultivated in Davids heart.
Just like David, God has anointed us for a future we’ve not seen but know we’re headed in that direction. Some of us may not know all that God accomplished through us until we get to the other side and we see it through His eyes, but none-the-less, trust is being developed and faith is being stirred to step out on the battlefield and face the enemy of the Lord. Will you go?
You’ll always be ‘just a kid’ to someone! But to a God who uses kids, He can do anything with you if you’re willing. Whatever His instructions are, go with it! It won’t make sense to anyone else but it will to God and that should be enough. Take what you have and trust that He will use it for His end plan.