Lessons from the Valley | Grateful

So we are two years old as of today, yay! I am very very grateful to God.

It feels like we are in a mountaintop though we are not. As far as I’m concerned, we have just getting started beginning this March. Even though there is so much to learn still, but I am very grateful for how far we have come. Even though there are lots we want to become and do, and we may not be where we want to be, but I thank God that we are not where we used to be. I thank God we have made progress.

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These two years journey has been exciting at the same time had few of its little challenges and lessons we came to learn along the way. And if you would ask me I would say the lessons were far worth to learn because many times what we learn in our valleys prepare us for our mountaintops. Usually what we learn today prepares us for our tomorrow. The battles you fight today, and the struggles you overcome today, they teach and prepare you for tomorrow. So learn the lessons along the way, because it is very important.

This is why when I see someone who is on the mountaintop, someone that I consider successful and admire, I know there are some lessons I can learn and pick up from them. When you see someone on the mountaintop today, if that someone was put there on the top by God, believe it, that someone has gone through many trials and tests that he or she had to overcome or else they wouldn’t have made it. God has put that someone through real life training experience. With God, you real have to go through real life experiences of His grace in order to get promoted.

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Many of us know the story of king David and Goliath in the Bible. Let’s learn from David’s example in the book of 1 Samuel chapter 17.

There was a war between Israelites and Philistines. So king Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. While they were waiting to battle, then Goliath, the champion of the Philistines army, comes out between the lines and challenges the Israelites to send out a champion of their own and if he is able to fight and kill him, Philistines will become Israelites subjects; but if he overcomes him and kills him, Israelites will become Philistines subjects and serve them. This caused king Saul and all the Israelites to be dismayed and terrified. The Bible records that Goliath was a warrior, but also a giant. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.

Now on the otherhand, the Bible records that David got up early in the morning and left the flock in the care of a shepherd to bring the food to his brothers as his father told him. So he left the things with the man to take care of them. He ran to the army, and went to meet with his brothers. As he talked with them, Goliath the Philistine from Gath came out of the army of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him. When all the men of Israel saw the man, they ran away from him and were very much afraid. And then David said to the men standing by him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away Israel’s shame? For who is this Philistine who has not gone through the religious act of the Jews? Who is he, that he should make fun of the armies of the living God?” And the people answered him “The king will make the man who kills him rich. And he will give him his daughter, and make his father’s family free from paying taxes in Israel.”

So David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart become weak because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” But Saul doubt David and said he was only a young man, while Goliath has been a man of war since he was young, therefore David will not be able to fight against him. And then David said to Saul, don’t worry I have got this. And then he started recalling all the victories God has given him in the past, and said, “Your servant was taking care of his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and fought him and saved it from his mouth. When he came against me, I took hold of him by the hair of his head and hit him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear. And this Philistine who has not gone through our religious act will be like one of them. For he has made fun of the armies of the living God. The Lord Who saved me from the foot of the lion and from the foot of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Then Saul dressed David with his clothes. He put a brass head covering on his head, and dressed him with heavy battle-clothes. And when David put on his sword over his heavy battle-clothes and tried to walk, since he was not used to them, he told Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I am not used to them,” therefore he took them off. He took his stick in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the river. He put them in his shepherd’s bag. His sling was in his hand.

And Goliath said to David, “Come to me. I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the animals of the field.” Then David went to him and said to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword and spears. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of All, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom you have stood against.” And if you read the entire book of 1 Samuel chapter 17, the Bible records David defeated Goliath like he said.

David knew he could overcome Goliath because of the lessons he learned through his past victories and experiences. But He also trusted in God, if He delivered and helped him before, the same God will help him with the battles facing him at hand. David had confidence that he was well equipped to overcome Goliath, and He also had confidence in God, that He is well able to help and save him from the hand of Goliath. He told Saul, “When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and fought him and saved it from his mouth. When he came against me, I took hold of him by the hair of his head and hit him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear. The Lord Who saved me from the foot of the lion and from the foot of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Another thing I like about David is that he asked for the reward. If he had to fight Goliath, he wanted to know what was going to be the reward. So we learn here also that some battles are not worth the fight. Not all battles are worth the fight and your time, so choose your battles wisely. You have to know what you are fighting for and the reward you are going to get if you win the battle.

Many people know that David went on becoming the king of Israelites and replaced king Saul. Some Bible scholars say Saul was chosen to lead the Israelites against their enemies, but when faced with Goliath he refused to take the lead, and because of that Saul was not fit to be king. They also say it was God’s plan for David to replace Saul because David’s was God’s chosen and he was a man after God’s own heart.

In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verses 10 and 11, it says that “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your strength. For there is no work or planning or learning or wisdom in the place of the dead where you are going. Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the fast and the battle to the men of war. Bread is not to the wise and riches are not to the men of understanding. Favor is not to able workers. Time comes and goes and things happen for no reason to them all.”

Just because you are a warrior and giant, it doesn’t mean you will win the battle. Sometimes the race is not to the fast, nor the riches to the men of understanding. When God’s grace and favor hits you, even when you are unqualified to be king, you will end up becoming king. All you need is for God to breath on your direction.

So David and Goliath story is one of the Biblical example that shows us the lessons we learn in the valley are what prepare us for our mountaintops.


Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.

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