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 God? And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. 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. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (1 Samuel 17:26-29)
Today's Morsel: One of the things the army teaches you in Rifle Marksmanship is how to apply "immediate action" to get your weapon firing again should it ever fail to fire. They give you this training in basic training so that you can apply it on the battlefield or in combat if needed. There are so many things that the army teaches that I find myself using even now on a continual basis. For example, most soldiers that come on an accident know how to apply first aid, they know what to do because it is part of their continual training. King David had understanding that no one was to disrespect the God of Israel. And so when he heard Goliath cursing and defying the army and God of Israel, he took immediate action to correct the problem. And God destroyed his enemy for him. Whether we like it or not, there are going to be times that we need to take immediate action to correct unwanted problems and circumstances. If we prepare now, we will be ready when those times come. Training in times of peace prepare us for the days of combat.
Sing: God's got an army marching through the land, deliverance is their song, there's healing in their hands, with everlasting joy and gladness in their heart, and in this army I've got a part.
Thought for Today: The more sweat in peace, the less blood in combat.