I keep returning to Malcolm Gladwell’s book: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. This morning, reading a devotional on 1 Samuel 17:37…David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee… I am pondering what I can learn from David’s battle.
In the Maxwell Leadership Bible, John Maxwell notes—David was able to to stand against this giant due to several leadership qualities or traits.
David’s perspective differed from most. He actually saw opportunity in the fight. Are there certain “fights” we are in today in which we need to change our perspective and see opportunity not fear?
David’s methods differed. He decided to use proven “high-tech” weapons that he had experience with, and he knew which weapon would work. We have to be sure we are using what we have, and not trying to put somebody else’s “armor” on. We need to be who we are.
David’s conviction differed from others. He heard the giant’s threats against God and knew GOD could beat him. What are our convictions telling us today?
David’s vision was differed. He wanted Yahweh to be known to the world. Is our vision clear?
David had experiences that differed from others. His past victories over a lion and a bear gave him confidence that his past (and God) had prepared him for his current fight. We need to take stock of our experiences and use them.
David’s attitude was different. Most stood in fear of the giant’s shear size and power, but David studied the giant and knew his weaknesses. Goliath was not a threat too big to hit….he was a target too big to miss. We have to take the shot!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Things to ponder… also read David or Goliath—Choose Wisely and Don’t Forget Your Roots: DeMarco Banter