It was the other day that I was reading through a Psalm– I’m not quite sure which one– that the history behind it was that it was probably written around the time of David’s confrontation with Goliath. The commentary gave the usual background, but what I found interesting was that the author mentioned something that I had not thought of before– mainly, Saul’s stature.
If you remember correctly from I Samuel, Saul was chosen as king and one of his attributes was that he was head and shoulders above most Israelites. This man had some stature. Now, fast forward to the battle with Goliath. Here is a tall man, arguably taller than Saul, but Saul was no small man either. Yet here comes a child– David– who volunteers to fight Goliath. Saul offers his armor– but of course it wouldn’t fit. Perhaps Saul thought it may have made him look bigger.
Why didn’t Saul fight? Why did he let David? We can hypothesize all night and probably still not come up with the answer, and yet we seem to have the same thing happen to us daily– and sometimes there’s no David to pick up our slack.
What do I mean? Well, there are people that you are in contact with every day that you would be the best person to witness to them, and yet you let that opportunity slide by or try to give that opportunity to another. We allow ourselves to be persuaded that it’s someone else’s job, or someone else would be the better person to share, but, in reality, we ourselves should be that one sharing.
So, we need to take this opportunity to reevaluate where we are and where we are being like Saul, and step up to the challenge that is laid before us that we are best equipped to face!