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20 July 2011

EXPERIENCES Affect Identity – pt.3

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
[Part One]; [Part Two]

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After David heard Goliath make threats and put-down God’s people, he became angry.  David shared, with anyone around, that he would accept the challenge to fight Goliath.  When David’s older brother overheard him, he tried to embarrass him.  Other people also overheard David, but rather than embarrass him, they reported back to King Saul.  King Saul had his people fetch David.  All of a sudden, the kid who brought lunch to his brothers found himself standing in front of the king of Israel.  If that were you, what would you say?  What did David say? And David said to Saul, “Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:32-33)

David realized this was his moment, because he had the attention of the king.  Yet even in his moment, David was not filled with selfish desires.  His intention was not to build his name, to seek fame or notoriety.  He didn’t use his moment to bolster a low self-worth, remember, David was angry because of how Goliath treated and talked to the people of God.  He was angry because Goliath bad-mouthed the name of God.  Unlike many people then and now, David had a pure motive when he approached the king.  His intent was to bring recognition to the strength and power of God.  Yet, once again, David experienced another let-down.  I think this is an important lesson to learn.  Pure motives and a pure heart, do not always give you favor – but stay pure.

I believe, some have a misconception that if we’re pure—if we pray a lot, if we tithe, if we attend church (faithfully), if we do all the right things—then every door will open for us.  If that is the case, then David shouldn’t have faced opposition with the king, initially.  If that is the case, then Jesus should have had a place to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).  If that is the case, then many of Jesus’ disciples shouldn’t have lost their lives as martyrs.  Along the way, we’ve messed with theology and have equated favor and blessing to prove we have a positive/healthy identity in Christ.  I just don’t see it, scripturally.  Often times, God uses bad experiences (notice I didn’t say causes) to shape our identities in a positive way.  And when things don’t work out like you planned, take a lesson from David’s story – keep your heart and your motives pure.