Life is full of challenges
There is no life without challenges. Life is full of challenges. Some of them even seem insurmountable. What do you do in the face of such challenges? What do you need to defeat them? I call them warriors that are out to crush you and prevent you from succeeding? What do you need to defeat these warriors and succeed?
The formidable weapon
There is a formidable weapon that you can use. It is the most formidable weapon that you need on your journey to success. It will make you defeat the warriors that are out to crush you; that are poised to prevent you from succeeding.It will enable you to face and overcome the challenges of life.
Success has its enemies
Before I give you that weapon, let me say that success has its enemies. They are the warriors that are out to prevent you from succeeding. By warriors here, I am referring to all the things that stand on your way: doubt, fear, discouragement, laziness, temptation and you name the rest. They are your enemies and the enemies of success. If you have this formidable weapon be able to handle them.
Faith is that weapon
The formidable weapon n question is faith. If you have faith, you will not need to fear the enemies of success. You will not need to fear anything at all. You will crush them. You will overcome all your obstacles. You will solve even the problems that look unsolvable.
The story of King David
If you look at the lives of some of the great people who were here before us, you will see this clearly. There are people who lived here before us whose faith was strong and enabled them to do seemingly impossible things . One of such persons was a great king who lived a life full of adventure and romance. I like the inspiring lessons that we learn from him not just about our faith but about many things. His story is quite thrilling. He is not the only one, but let us talk about him.
This man was the king of the Hebrews of ancient Israel. His life was often visited by challenges, tragedy and sorrow; but also he had great victories. Out of his sorrows beautiful things emerged.
We share his story here so that we may draw inspiration from how his faith made him the great person that he was. His faith gave him victory. This man whom you should know already was King David. As a little boy, he was a shepherd. He lived in Palestine about 1000 B.C. While looking after his flock, he often played the harp and sang to keep off loneliness. When King Saul learned about him and how beautifully he sang and played, he ordered him to come to his palace and sing and play to entertain him. David obeyed and while he was in the Palace, King Saul found him so charming that he appointed him the king’s sword-bearer in battle.
David’s most remarkable feat as a boy was when he fought and defeated Goliath, the giant soldier of the Philistines. Goliath was not only a giant; he was well armed as well. He had been a soldier all his life and left a great record of victories. David was not an experienced soldier. He was a shepherd boy who had only a sling and a stone. Yet, he stroke Goliath on the fore-head and he died on the spot sending the Philistines on the run in confused ranks.
This victory gained for David fame and popularity. At the same time it earned for him the jealousy of Saul for he became more popular than the King. Consumed by this jealousy, Saul tried to kill David. When David learned of the plot, he escaped into the wilderness where he lived as an outlaw.
King Saul eventually died and David became King; and sat on the throne for forty years. Under his leadership his kingdom became rich and secure from enemies. However, he also made some mistakes.
Most pronounced was how he fell in love with a beautiful lady called Bathsheba, the wife of one of his army officers. He desired this woman so much when he saw her that he decided to marry her. To do this, he sent her husband as a leader to the battle front knowing that he would be killed. The man was, indeed, killed; and he married the woman. We are told he regretted his act later.
David had another low in his life. His own son rebelled against him; and he sent some of his soldiers to punish him. The young man fell in their hands. What a sorrow!
David actually had many sorrows. But worthy of note is the fact that it was during this time when his heart was heavy with sorrow that he composed many of the psalms which we pray together.
Lessons from King David
There are a number of lessons we can draw from the life of king David which can help as we journey to success. The one that comes top is that of faith. We have seen that as a little lad he fought and defeated Goliath the giant. How did it happen? If we go into the details of the story, when Saul warned him that he was just a little boy while Goliath had been a soldier all his life, David did not listen. Rather he responded in the most beautiful words: “Your Majesty, I take care of my father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or bear carries off a lamb, I go after it, attack it, and rescue the lamb. And if the lion or bear turns on me, I grab it by the throat and beat it to death. I have killed lions and bears, and I will do the same to this heathen Philistine, who has defied the army of the living God.The Lord has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine” (1 Sam 17:38).
This is faith. This is the faith that moves mountains. It is total faith; strong faith. Faith has power when it is strong. David had strong faith in the lord. That faith gave him confidence. He was sure that he would come out victorious. He was sure that the Lord would stand by him. He had tasted the Lord’s power and was confident that the Lord who had saved him from lions and bears would save him from the giant.
The Lord has stood by us many times. He has done marvels for us. That should give us reason to trust him; to be strong in our faith in him.
The bible tells us that when Saul heard David he said, “All right; go and the Lord be with you” (1 Sam 17:38). Saul also had strong faith. This must have strengthened David’s faith. The faith of others can help us become stronger in our faith. That is why reading the stories of others is a good thing to help us grow by drawing strength from their strengths.
When Goliath saw David, he was full of scorn for him and told him: “come on and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat” (1 Sam 17:44).
David answered,”you are coming against me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…” He told the giant he would defeat him and cut off his head and everyone “will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.”
Again, this is a wonderful display of faith. It’s wonderful to know that things happened exactly as David had said. The lesson is inspiring. Those who believe in God have no reason to fear anything. No matter how mighty an enemy may be, let us face him with this same weapon that David used to defeat the giant.
David’s story teaches us more than a lesson on faith. It teaches us that in times of sorrow we can do many beautiful things for ourselves; for fellow humans and for the Lord. Look at the many psalms which he composed when his heart was heavy with sorrow.
Moments of sorrow are not moments to give up in life. They could well be our greatest moments. Many of our greatest artistic works in history are known to have been created during moments of sorrow.
The life, faith and sorrow of king David can be a great source of inspiration to us as we journey through life. Our moment of sorrow can be an opportunity to offer something lasting to humanity.
During moments of challenges, when it looks like we may not be able to live up to the task, when it looks like we may not be able to sail through, let us do as David did: put our whole trust in the Lord; and he will see us through.
Question of the day.
Which other personality in history or in your neighborhood demonstrated or has demonstrated strong faith in God and reaped great results?