Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 42 – David


What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of David?

Context (1 Samuel 16 – Kings 2 ):  David was the second king of Israel.  David was called a man after God’s own heart.  David was considered the greatest king of Israel until the coming of King Jesus.  David was a man of faith and trusted God for mighty deeds.  He was also a man who disobeyed God and made many mistakes, but when he made mistakes he was humble enough to go to God and ask for forgiveness and restoration, and God granted it to him every time.

Key Life Learnings:

God will use our simple skills to glorify Himself if we trust HimGod (1 Samuel 17):  David was just a shepherd boy and the youngest son in his household.  When his brothers went off to war with king Saul, against the Philistines, he stayed home to mind the sheep.  But he was not a weakling.  God had given him the courage, strength and skill to slay lions and bears in order to protect the sheep.

When the mighty giant Goliath came out day after day and taunted the Israelite army to select a soldier to come out and fight them, the Israelites reacted with shame and fear.  But not David.  The little shepherd boy had come to bring some food to his older brothers, but when he heard of Goliath’s taunts, he came forward to offered to fight the giant.  Everyone laughed at him, but they did not know the faith and skills that God had put inside David that were just what was needed to defeat Goliath.

And as we all know, David did defeat Goliath because he trusted God and because God had given him skill with his slingshot.

You may not look mighty in the world’s eyes, but God has deposited greatness inside you.  Coupled with your faith in God, He wants to use you to defeat the evil around you.  Where is He calling you to go out today and to trust Him to fight?

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page. 

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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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