by Ivor Powell

Unique Training...for A Special Man
Ivor Powell
I Samuel 17:36

During my stay in South Africa I preached in a town close to the Kruger National Park. The church people arranged that I should stay on a farm near to the reserve. One day my host spoke of a pride of lions that had been raiding his cattle, and described how he hoped to shoot the invaders. My enthusiasm ran away with my brain when I volunteered to emulate his example. That morning the lions were either sleeping or hunting elsewhere and I have always been thankful for their absence. I was not a good marksman. Had I encountered that band of marauders I might have received an early welcome to heaven. Eventually I hope to speak with David about the time when he fought with a lion. It will be an interesting conversation.

The lad from Bethlehem was a shepherd who spent most of his time among sheep and goats. The fields and hills around his home provided excellent pasture, and while his animals grazed, the boy composed and sang his lyrics. One day a lion tried to steal one of the lambs or kids and without hesitation David took his spear, staff, or whatever was available and ran toward the enemy. He took the victim from the jaws of the thief and then killed the ferocious beast. Later he did the same to a bear, and he never forgot those encounters. Just before his battle with Goliath he said to King Saul, "Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God" (1 Sam. 17:34-36). That episode in David's life is worthy of consideration.

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