“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Cor 9:24).
A lot of people think they know the story of David and Goliath. They imagine David with a toy-like catapult and a small stone coming against the mighty Goliath. Goliath was mighty alright, but there was more to David.
Let’s take a look at him before the battle with Goliath. In 1 Samuel 16, King Saul needed an instrumentalists and David’s name came up. “Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him” (1 Sam 16:18).
Did you see that? He was a valiant man, and a man of war. So much so that even Saul’s servants knew. The same David had killed a bear and a lion. Of course he was not familiar with the armour Saul gave to him, but he was competent in his own right. David was a skilled slinger. Let’s take a look at Judges 20:16: “Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.”
Slings were a major weapon in Israel’s history. In fact, scientists say that a typical sling in David’s day could move at seven revolutions and 35 meters per second. Combine that with the barium sulphate rocks used in those times and you have the impact of a 45 mm hand gun. Of course God favoured David in his fight against Goliath, and rightly so, David gave all the glory to God. But the man was extremely competent.
Oh what an important lesson! As believers, we must build competence. Don’t stop improving yourself and wondering why you aren’t getting promoted at work. Improve on the skills you already have, don’t stay dormant. But most importantly, build competence in the areas that would count for eternity. 1 Cor 9:24 says: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
Don’t say you’re shy and then a result of that refuse to talk to people about Jesus. Build competence. You can’t afford to be lazy in your study of God’s word, because you know you need to teach what you’ve learned to others. Build competence, exert yourself, and grow, especially when it comes to the things that will count for eternity