Posted by: bshelley | August 1, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Today’s Verse: 1 Samuel 17:39 David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off. NASB

There is certainly an epidemic of Biblical illiteracy today. People are so easily confused and blown off the course of God’s will simply because they do not know His will since they do not read His word. There are also many who spend much time in Bible reading, Bible class, Sunday morning, Sunday night and even Wednesday night services and off-day and night Bible studies getting ready. It is absolutely imperative that we know God’s word that we might live and share His story knowledgeably. However, we cannot perpetually be learning in preparation to “do” and yet fail to launch out and actually share that story with others. This is an interesting passage as David, a lowly shepherd boy, is about to face a giant Goliath and slay Him. King Saul, whether well intentioned or not, tried to load David up with worldly armor that just weighed him down. In essence, he responded by shedding all this weight which was unnecessary for the job at hand. Faith in God’s guiding hand and providence was all he needed moving forward. He had already trained on how to use a sling shot and that combined with enough courage to trust God for the rest was all he needed to win the day. It is not necessary to become a theologian, or Bible scholar to do what God has asked us to do. Again, daily time in His word reading His and in His presence in prayer are crucial to know Him and His will. But we are supposed to be witnessing to others of His grace every day… not someday. I often ask the question, “If someone asked you today to study the Bible with them, do you know where you would start?” I know many Christians who live secretly in dread fear of that. They spend a lifetime learning, but do not know how to respond. Frankly, it was not too many years ago when that was me. You don’t need to weigh yourself down with three versions of the Bible, two dictionaries and a couple of commentaries to do a Bible study with a friend. Like David, you just need to put some of that armor down and use what you have and already know. I have collected somewhere around a hundred different Bible studies on a variety of topics that are really easy to use. They even tell you what verse to go to and what to say or ask. Still the best way to learn is by doing. Have some faith in God and His Holy Spirit. They are there to do the heavy lifting anyway. Dip your toe in and overcome fear with joy that comes from obedience. And as granddaddy always said, “It is easier to steer a moving car.” Get movin’ and let God steer.

ps. If you would like me to email you a Bible study on a topic you are interested in working on with someone, just write me at and I will be glad to share with you what I have.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-1-samuel-17_39



  1. Wow! This is a whole new look at that verse! Love the idea. And I agree that we sometimes get so weighted down, that we simply can’t move.

    I think Bible studies need to be focused sometimes, on a simple single thing. Or it can get so overwhelming.
    Another lesson came to me yesterday in the garden (they usually show up there!) All the plants have their unique growing habits….but it’s the vines that intrigue me. Climbing, and holding on to whatever they can cling too. As I re-routed the pumpkin vines (which take over the pathways), I said out loud to them–“WHAT are you looking for? WHAT are you seeking?”
    It’s that something to cling to, and nourish them as they grow.
    We all need to branch out some!

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