1Samuel 17:13 “And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.”

1Samuel 17:14 “And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.”

1Samuel 17:15 “But David went and returned from Saul…”

…From yesterday…

In 1Samuel 17:7, we saw the armour bearer of Goliath going ahead of him to battle. The armour bearer is someone very close to the warrior or general as the case maybe. It is a very important position and many people cherish it.

Soldiers fight to attain this position around a general. It is not open to everybody. When you’re the armour bearer of a great man, other people covet your friendship because they know you can influence thing in their favour or put in a good word for them before him.

However, before the battle, David was already occupying this position around the king and commander-in-chief of the Israeli armed forces, Saul himself.

What baffled me about David was that instead of following Saul, he refused. He was not intrigued with the position, he was ready to drop everything in order to secure his destiny.

His brothers on the other hand followed a tall, handsome, well-built man who of course is the king of Israel. They followed the king and political leader who doesn’t even know where he is going. They followed a visionless, panicky and God forsaken man.

I remember something I once read about the great American preacher, Billy Graham. History has it that he went to a town for a crusade but couldn’t find his way to the post office. He asked a small boy for direction and the boy willingly obliged him.

After getting directions, Mr. Graham invited the boy to his Crusade that evening. He told the boy that if he can come to the Crusade, he will hear him telling everyone how to get to heaven.

To be continued…

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