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Never too Young...

Something that I think most of us can agree on is that when it comes to certain things age whether we like it or not plays a significant role in shaping decisions. Often the younger we are the more we are looked down on by those around us. We are told we are too young to do this, and too young to understand that. When that is often not the case.

Now I'm not saying that there aren't some things that definitely need and age limit, because there are. However, age should never be the deciding factor in determining whether or not a dream or a calling will happen.

If God has placed a dream and a specific calling on your life, it doesn't matter if you are 10 years old or 100 years old. When God places a calling on your life it doesn't matter what the world around you tells you. Look at David in the Bible.

The Word tells us that David was a young man most likely a teen or pre-teen when he faced Goliath. If you know the story then you know that Goliath was a giant. A man so feared that everyone within the Israelite army coward from a distance terrified at what this giant could do to them. Scripture tells us the Goliath taunted the Israelite army day after day. Mocking them and the Lord most high. This is where we will pick up the story, in 1 Samuel 17.

"One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines." (v. 17-19).

So we see David's father tell him to take food to his brothers who we have been told are in the Israelite army, the story continues,

"So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army." (v. 20-21).

Pay attention to what happens in the next few verses,

"David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. 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." (v. 22-23).

David sees Goliath and hears him taunting the armies of Israel and the Lord. We are going to skip around here, but it is important to know that David questioned why no one would face the enemy who taunted and mock the God of Israel. Please take some time to read the full account in 1 Samuel 17, let's skip ahead a bit now.

"Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine." (v. 38-40).

Listen to what happened next!

"Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled." (v. 41-44).

David is mocked because of his age, but I want you to catch how David responds.

"David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!" (v. 45-46).

David not only didn't allow the fact that he was young to stop him, he ignored the taunting from the giant and he was given victory over the enemy.

It doesn't matter what giant may be standing in front of you, our God has already won the victory and walks with us through every season. No matter what your age may be, when God places a dream in you and a calling on your life don't let the enemy stop you from walking in that calling.

You are never too young to walk in the calling God has for you, but remember sometimes the obstacles in your path are there to prepare you for what's coming next.

Much Love friends,


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