The Courage to Leave my Flock with the Shepherd.
Early in the morning, David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out…I Samuel 17:20 (NIV)
I’ve read the familiar passage of David and Goliath countless times, but just this week I zeroed in on a couple elements I’d overlooked.
Following his father Jesse’s directive to bring food and supplies to the camp of David’s older brothers who faced war against the Philistine’s, David first left his flock in the care of a shepherd.
I shudder to consider the outcome if he’d caved to fear, knowing his brothers were on the cusp of active battle.
But Dad, my sheep. I can’t leave them. I’m the only shepherd qualified to care for them.
As a mom, I have a precious flock of four children. I won’t hesitate to tell you how much I trust God to take care of them, but how evident is this trust? How readily do I surrender them to his care? Will he really protect them from harm against worldly wolves and prowling lions?
Upon arrival, David left his things with the keeper of supplies.
Do I trust God with my stuff? (Especially since it isn’t really my stuff to begin with)
Next, David ran to greet his brothers. On the front lines.
Uh, that’s a little bit risky for a kid who had no protection. But David wasn’t feeling around his waistline, patting his chest with trembling hands because he had no armor or weapon.
God knew David would run to the battle lines and remain undaunted by the size of Goliath matched up against his own frame.
Assured his sheep were in excellent care, David was able to move toward chaos armed with courage rather than away from it.
For me, that looks like prayer. Relentless, confident, persistent prayer.
Assured his sheep were in excellent care, David was able to move toward chaos armed with courage rather than away from it. For me, that looks like prayer. Relentless, confident, persistent prayer. @MaryAFelkins #devotion #author #iwrite #inspirational #FridayFeeling
How readily do you leave your children, family, concerns or possessions in the care of the trustworthy Shepherd? What hinders your courage?
If you knew the intensity of opposition that awaited you, would you still trust God with your “sheep” and stand unafraid on the battlefield of prayer?
Join me as we boldly leave our sheep and go forth, armed with courage.
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