The shepherd, the sheep and the soldiers

In the opening chapters of the story of King David there are three references to his work as a shepherd.

  • 1 Samuel 16:11 – Jesse seems to think it’s hardly worth having Samuel meet David in his search for the new king. ‘Yes, I have one more son, but he’s with the sheep.’
  • 1 Samuel 17:28 – Eliab (David’s eldest brother) asks him what he has done with his sheep. He is obviously irritated that his little brother has appeared at the scene of the battle where he, along with two of his brothers, is serving as a soldier. ‘What are you doing here? And who have you left in charge with those few sheep of yours?’
  • 1 Samuel 17:34 – David tells Saul that his experience as a shepherd, when he has had to protect his sheep from wild animals, is where he has learned to trust God and God will help him defeat Goliath.

Interesting that an activity which may seem small in the eyes of others could be the training ground for some significant way God wants to use you.


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