When David mentioned that he killed the lion and the bear with God's help, we tend to gloss it over for the big prize of Goliath. David with the help of God killed the giant with a slingshot, but when you go back to the book of Samuel, you'll see that David did not mention using that tool with the lion or bear. I have read it and heard it a bunch of times throughout my life, but it did not impact me as much as it did this week. David was a young man who killed that lion by smiting it and the bear by grabbing it by the beard, and smiting it. Now, maybe he used his shepherd's staff, but still he went against those wild, ravening creatures with a stick and his bare hands!!!! He knew when God gave him victory over those that he would have victory over Goliath. In Isaiah it's a multitude of shepherds, and the lion isn't scared of them. Wild animals even today tear apart their victims, rarely are they scared of them or their voice or a stick.
So many spiritual paralells run through my mind about this. Such as, spiritual warfare against the fiery darts of the devil, or how our Pastor is our shepherd and he has to fight the wolf or wild beast off his flock, and other
scenarios. I am not rambling, I am meditating on this. I can't imgaine fighting for my life with my bare hands against wild animals, and most of the time I don't want to think that I am fighting the devil with my bare hands, when I should be equipped with a sword and all the armor of God. Is my Pastor having to fight for the very safety of his flock? What about you? Is every day a battle that you are fighting for the Lord's side or are you just easy prey?
Do you care enough about your spiritual life, your family, your church, your friends, to fight against the things that would destroy them?
Meditate on this....