TUESDAY, JUNE 29
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.
1 Samuel 17:23 (NLT2)
WHAT IS MY GOD-GIVEN BURDEN?
A young pastor was around the corner when he overheard his son speaking to three of his best friends. The boys were bragging about their respective fathers. The 1st boy said, “My dad knows the mayor.” The 2nd boy said, “My dad knows the governor.” The 3rd boy said, “My dad knows the Vice President.” The pastor/father felt terrible because he didn’t know anyone important. At this moment, he heard his son say, “That’s nothing, my dad knows God.”
Something happened in the heart of David when he heard Goliath mocking his heavenly Father. Knowing God and being a part of God’s family was the greatest honor in King David’s life. When David heard Goliath taunting and insulting God’s people he was moved to action. David’s deep seated convictions led him to do something about the giant in their lives. David’s God-given burden set him apart from everyone else who chose to do nothing.
People who are used by God start with a burden or sense that God is leading them to do something in particular. We don’t all have to be burdened by the same things. But we should all be looking and listening to see how God may be leading us. Can you think of any God-given burdens you have?
Praise God for the people who impacted your life and faith as a result of a God-given burden.