1Samuel 17:15 “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.”

I discovered that one of the reasons David didn’t follow Saul to the warfront at that time was that the young man understood divine timing. He knew he will eventually be the man to solve the Goliath problem but at the right time.

He didn’t appear on the battle field prematurely. One of the reasons his brothers and other soldiers were running away from Goliath was that they were not yet giant killers. Some were supposed to still be in training but they rushed to the warfront.

Friend, you must understand divine timing. Don’t confuse the time of training with that of manifestation. If your timing is wrong your output will be wrong.

In our focal scripture, the bible said something very important which looks very subtle or quiet. Perhaps we don’t take note of it or see it as unimportant. Hear it again:

1Samuel 17:15 “But David went and returned from Saul TO FEED HIS FATHER’S SHEEP AT BETHLEHEM.” (Emphasis mine)

He didn’t follow Saul but went rather to feed his father’s sheep. Link it up with this:

1Samuel 17:34 “And David said unto Saul, THY SERVANT KEPT HIS FATHER’S SHEEP, AND THERE CAME A LION, AND A BEAR, and took a lamb out of the flock:” (Emphasis mine)

1Samuel 17:35 “And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.”

1Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”

Even though we were not told categorically when he slew the lion and the bear, I am of the school of thought that believe it was when he stopped following Saul and went to take care of his father’s sheep in Bethlehem (1Samuel 17:15).

To be continued…

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