Topic: 1 Samuel 17:31-51
Believers can learn a valuable lesson from David's reaction to Goliath's insults and mockery of the Israelites. When the young shepherd first came upon the scene, he was told that whoever defeated the giant would receive rewards from King Saul. This included riches, a wife, and freedom from taxes. Such a generous reward was certainly a great motivator. It obviously piqued his interest. But David's desire to defend God's honor ultimately propelled him onto the battlefield.
David confirmed his true motivation on two separate occasions: once while standing before Saul and again when facing Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:31-51, he said, "Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God."
As maturing Christians, we must examine our motives for desiring victory in any battle we face. Sometimes, we may seek a selfish end, such as release from discomfort and a return to an easier way of life. But God intends to mold us into godly believers, regardless of our comfort. Until we also desire a godly makeover, our motivations will be wrong. A person with right motives says, "I don't like my 'Goliath.' But if I have to fight this battle to be the person God wants me to be, then I'm willing."
Before taking action, David wisely examined his motives in order to move forward by faith. Modern believers would do well to learn from his example.