And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:32
The goal in hiring is to find the best man for the job. An employer wants someone who has successful experience in getting the job done and can successfully navigate the company into more accomplishments. The same can be said on a higher level for doing the work of the Lord. God uses proven people. In fact, proven people excel in God’s work as they yield themselves to God. This morning, let us see how David was the only proven man to take down the giant Goliath. Let us see how David was unquestionably the best man for the job!
David was ready.
David was sent to the battlefield to bring some refreshments to his brothers and see how they were doing. He knew there was a battle between his nation and the Philistines, but he was not a man who was inducted to fight due to his youth. However, Israel needed a man who could courageously represent them against the giant Goliath. David said, “Thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Proven men are always ready for a mission. God uses men who are ready.
David was resigned.
David went to the battlefield for the purpose of serving others. He came in submission to his father. He spoke to the men of war as one that was in submission. At all times, he represented himself to King Saul as his servant. He was resigned that his greatest contribution to the nation and God was that of a servant. No wonder God used David! We are told in Acts 13:36, “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.” He began and ended his life as a servant!
David was responsible.
Saul looked at David and said, “Thou art but a youth.” He looked like he lacked maturity and experience, but he testified how he was well-qualified for the need. While watching his father’s flock, he took down a bear and a lion that on separate occasions attacked the flock. He met both of them head-on, face-to-face and slew them. David demonstrated responsibility without being told what to do. He went beyond the call of duty and saved his father’s flock. Proven men are always responsible men.
David was resourceful.
He did not try to be someone that he wasn’t. The king gave him his armor to wear, but David quickly declined by saying, “I cannot go with these, for I have not proved them.” Instead, he assessed the enemy and decided to go with what he knew would do the job. He took his sling, chose five smooth stones out of a brook, and drew near to the giant. Proven men use proven tools and methods. David knew that courage, faith, prayer, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit worked before, and that all of them would work again.
David was resolved.
“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” David was resolved that God brought him there, and would use him to defend the country and defeat this giant. Proven men are resolved about God, their gifts, and their goal. You will never accomplish much for God unless you are resolved about what you are supposed to be doing.
David beat the giant decisively. He proved without any shadow of a doubt that he was the best man for the job. How about you? Will you take possession of the skills and requirements to get the job done?
Have a proven God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Jeremiah 14-17