Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17:20-26

David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?

1 Samuel 17:26


Purpose is important. People may have many different motivations for doing the same thing. Saul, in his desperation to find someone to fight and kill the warrior Goliath, puts a price on the Philistine’s death. Israelite soldiers are encouraged to fight for the reward of money, a princess bride, and a tax exemption, but this is not enough to move anyone to fight against Goliath on behalf of Israel. Upon hearing Goliath taunting the Israelite army, David, however, is moved to fight. He is not motivated by the prospect of wealth, but is concerned about Israel’s reputation and God’s honor.

Why do we do the things that we do? Are we motivated by the things of the world, or the things of God? The things of the world are never the right reason to do God’s work. When we are motivated by the things of the world, we may in some ways be used by God, but we also risk being taken away from God, led to wherever the things of the world lead us. But when we are motivated by God and the things of God, we align ourselves with His purposes. We allow Him to use us for His work. And the work that God does is always successful. God will bring David victory against Goliath because David is for God. When we work on God’s behalf, moved by His purposes, we can also be assured of God’s victory.


Loving God, You are holy. Everything You do tells of Your Glory and points to the awe and splendor of Your majesty throughout the heavens and the earth. I give You praise this day Lord. Thank You for the privilege of being a part of Your great and mighty Work. Help me in all things to be motivated to glorify You in the way that You deserve. In Jesus’ Precious Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Romans 8; 1 Samuel 17:1-54; Psalm 62