David, the youngest son of Jesse, took care of his father’s sheep in the wilderness, daily. while his elder brothers had the fearless duty of defending and fighting for their nation.

one day, rather than take the sheep out, his father instructed him to take food to his brothers at the war front, only to see the men fleeing from a giant by name Goliath.

As the men flee in fear, he heard them saying out the reward that will go to the killer of the giant:…..”The King will enrich him greatly; give him his daughter for a wife; make his father’s free.”

Sighting him, his eldest brother was angry, because to him, his came down to see the battle, but to David, “there is a cause”

He got his way and was brought before the king who told him; he will not be able to fight the giant, because, he is a youth and the giant is a man of war from his youth.

David answered; “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. (1 Samuel 17:34,35).

While in the wilderness, taking care of his father’s few sheep, David honed his skills, sharpened his tools, waiting for the right moment to prove them for a price.

What are these tools you might ask? A staff, a shepherd’s bag and a sling. Are these tools enough? Well, He honed them when he slew both the lion and the bear.

Saul might not have been convinced, but David was the only person close to hand, others fled at the sight of the giant.

Saul offered his armour and helmet of brass to David; for him, he was empowering and shoring him up, but to David, they were unusable because he had not proven them, though they appear to be the best tools he should go with.

To face the giant, he took his staff, chose him five smooth stones and put them in a shepherd’s bag and his sling was in his hand. (1 Samuel 17:40).

when he got to the giant, David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the giant in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 1 Samuel 17:49 KJV

Success comes most times from using proven tools and the tools we’ve sharpened behind the scene, so when opportunity comes with great reward we will be ready like David, who got riches from the King, got the kings daughter and his father’s house became free.

The story I illustrated can be put into a sentence to mean: Hone your skills, develop it everyday, focus on what you have and not on what you don’t have.

What are your TOOLS!.

Image: from Wikipedia.