Complacency

Day 08

“Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes the disgrace [of his taunting] from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he has taunted and defied the armies of the living God?’”

– 1 Samuel 17:26

Additional Reading: 1 Samuel 17 (Biblegateway)

Now we all know the story of David and Goliath. Basically this teenager, David, beat the Philistine’s champion, Goliath, and led Israel to a great victory. Now what most of us don’t realize is that Goliath had been taunting the Israelites for forty days. Over the course of those forty days, the Israelites became complacent within Goliath’s disrespect of God and them. Comfort and safety was of high value to the soldiers. The soldiers chose personal safety over the glory of God. The soldiers lived in fearful inaction, while Goliath actively and repeatedly issued his “usual defiance” against them and their God. They weren’t asked to step out of comfort once, but many times. Every time they were asked in the 40 days, they chose comfort over God’s Glory.

Not only were the Israelite soldiers complacent, but their King Saul was complacent as well. As the king, it was Saul’s responsibility to lead his soldiers into battle as well as defend the name of the Lord. Saul’s inaction trickled down to his soldiers, which allowed Goliath to continue his mockery for so long. Saul’s complacency also had more personal effects. Saul’s complacency helped paved the way for David to be king.

It’s important to ask ourselves who we are most like in this story. Are we like the soldiers, allowing other people’s decisions and complacency to influence our own? Are we like Saul, allowing our own complacency to make us lose out on what God has given to us? Are we like David, immediately moving into action to seek to defeat our enemies? We have to move out of our complacency and be secure in the knowledge of God’s protection, and run unafraid into the battle zone.

Love and Nuggs,

Amanda