Monday, 20th January, 2014
Seest thou a man diligent in his
business? he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean men.
Proverbs 22:29
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Thessalonians
1-4; Psalm 19:7-14
Read: 1 Samuel 17:20-33
20 And David rose up early in the
morning, and left the sheep with a
keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse
had commanded him; and he came
to the trench, as the host was going
forth to the fight, and shouted for
the battle.
21 For Israel and the Philistines had
put the battle in array, army against
22 And David left his carriage in the
hand of the keeper of the carriage,
and ran into the army, and came and
saluted his brethren.
23 And as he talked with them,
behold, there came up the champion,
the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by
name, out of the armies of the
Philistines, and spake according to
the same words: and David heard
24 And all the men of Israel, when
they saw the man, fled from him,
and were sore afraid.
25 And the men of Israel said, Have
ye seen this man that is come up?
surely to defy Israel is he come up:
and it shall be, that the man who
killeth him, the king will enrich him
with great riches, and will give him
his daughter, and make his father’s
house free in Israel.
26 And David spake to the men that
stood by him, saying, What shall be
done to the man that killeth this
Philistine, and taketh away the
reproach from Israel? for who is this
uncircumcised Philistine, that he
should defy the armies of the living
27 And the people answered him
after this manner, saying, So shall it
be done to the man that killeth him.
28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard
when he spake unto the men; and
Eliab’s anger was kindled against
David, and he said, Why camest thou
down hither? and with whom hast
thou left those few sheep in the
wilderness? I know thy pride, and the
naughtiness of thine heart; for thou
art come down that thou mightest
see the battle.
29 And David said, What have I now
done? Is there not a cause?
30 And he turned from him toward
another, and spake after the same
manner: and the people answered
him again after the former manner.
31 And when the words were heard
which David spake, they rehearsed
them before Saul: and he sent for
32 And David said to Saul, Let no
man’s heart fail because of him; thy
servant will go and fight with this
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art
not able to go against this Philistine
to fight with him: for thou art but a
youth, and he a man of war from his
The children of Israel were
intimidated for forty days by Goliath.
David came to the scene and made
enquiries about what would be done
to whosoever defeated the giant. The
reply he got fascinated him and
straightaway, he set for himself the
goal of defeating the giant. To David,
nothing could stop him from being
the king’s son-in-law. When Eliab,
David’s brother heard about his
intention, he rebuked him. Eliab was
angry with David because he was
jealous. He was jealous because
David had been anointed as king
instead of him earlier on. Goal
getters would not be deterred by any
act of jealousy. What did David do to
reach his goal? He ignored Eliab.
Anyone who wants to reach his or
her goal must not be distracted by
envious criticism. If your goal is to
work for God, do not listen to what
anybody may be saying. Focus your
attention on the Almighty God and
do not be mindful of the scornful
(Psalm 1:1). You have to press on if
you want to reach your goal. There
will be those who may want to slow
you down but you have to push them
out of the way and keep doing what
you know God wants you to do. This
is one way to reach your goal.
There are many lessons in the Bible
reading of today for those who aspire
to achieve the set goals of their life.
It is not how long but how well.
Within a short period of getting to
the battlefield, David was already
standing before the king! The Bible in
Proverbs 22:29 says,
“Seest thou a man diligent in his
business? he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean
If David had not been a diligent
person, when his brother rebuked
him, he would never have gotten to
King Saul; he would have been
discouraged. It took diligence for
David to run towards the battle when
the giant rose to crush him to death.
The Bible in 1 Samuel 17:48 says:
“And it came to pass, when the
Philistine arose, and came and drew
nigh to meet David, that David
hasted, and ran toward the army to
meet the Philistine.”
The rest was history for Goliath when
the smooth stone from the sling of
David sank into his forehead. As if
that was not enough, when Goliath
fell, the Bible says that David still ran
and stood upon the Philistine, took
the sword of the giant all by himself
and cut off his head. David was
diligent enough to feel the pulse of
the Philistine to know that he was
still breathing. He then diligently
completed the assignment. I pray
that as you focus on God with
diligence and with the help of the
Holy Spirit, you will reach your goal
in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point:
Father, please remove all obstacles
hindering me from reaching my goal,
in Jesus’ Name.A

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