Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | 1 Samuel 17

Even if you’ve never read the Bible before, you’ve more than likely heard the story of David and Goliath. And remember way back when, when we discussed the possibility of giants still roaming the earth? As this chapter describes Goliath, we can safely assume that this guy is one of those leftovers. He’s more than nine feet tall and can carry a suit of armor that weighs 125 pounds! But as we learned, he is no intimidation for David, who is filled with the Spirit of the Lord. One lesson that is sometimes emphasized in this chapter is the fact that David picked up five smooth stones but only needed one to defeat the giant. A few years ago during a Bible study, we got into a lengthy discussion about why David picked up five stones if he was so confident that he could beat the giant. As for me, I probably would have picked up way more than five as well as wearing Saul’s suit of armor, despite its awkwardness. I can’t really remember what my opinion was when we discussed David’s decision to pick up five stones several years ago, but today, I just sensed a feeling of “just in case.” David had the confidence to defeat the giant, yes, but he wasn’t exactly sure what it would take. He grabbed the extra four stones “just in case” God had other things in mind. I don’t know if that’s right or not, but that’s kind of how I’m seeing it, but then again, I am an over-preparer. Like, when I go shopping for groceries, I like to buy more things than I need “just in case.” Often I tote home two jugs of milk, two cartons of orange juice, two loaves of bread … get what I’m saying? I think David’s forward thinking and preparation serves as a reminder to us all that we should be prepared for the unexpected.

Writing prompt: forward thinking

What about you? Are you a forward thinker or do you live in the moment? Write about a time you either over prepared or under prepaired, and talk about the lesson(s) you learned from either experience.

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