Today we continue in our study entitled, The Construction of a Kingdom. Thus far we have learned from the failures of King Saul and God's election of the David, a young shepherd boy, and gained valuable insights as to the conditions necessary for God to construct His kingdom in our lives.
Now what do I mean when I say that God wants to construct a kingdom in our lives? Romans 14:17 (quickview)  - for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. God wants to fashion His rule in each of our lives, which provides His peace, His purpose, and His power for living.
The last time we looked into the life of David, we found a faithful shepherd boy, whom God had anointed to be king. 1 Samuel 16:7 (quickview)  - But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. David became God's choice for the kingdom because he possessed the kind of character - spirituality, integrity, humility, personal security, and an understanding of authority - that God was looking for. God saw David's heart and said, That's what I'm looking for. That's somebody I can use. What does God see in your life? What does He see in me?
A bar of raw steel is worth roughly $5. If the steel is heated and hammered on the anvil by a blacksmith and made into horseshoes it will be worth $10 at the sporting goods department of Wal Mart. A lengthier process of cutting, refining, and molding that bar of steel can manufacture sewing needles and the value becomes $350. Use the most detailed process of refining, paring, shaving, heating, and microscopic manipulation on that bar of steel and a master watchmaker can fashion the delicate main springs for Rolex watches and it will yield $250,000.
In the creative hands of God, we're like that $5 bar of steel. He wants to construct His glorious kingdom in us, but be assured that the most tedious process of refining and life manipulation must take place. Personal battles and difficult circumstances become crucibles where God turns up the heat to refine us for His purpose.
The next two messages in this series will deal with the pressures, strains, and ordeals which David, the shepherd boy had to endure on his way to becoming a king. What we'll find is the overcoming faith of a man after God's heart, unbowed to the threats of circumstances and challenges to God's glorious purposes in his life.
Theme: In order to institute His kingdom in our lives, God will allow us to encounter personal battles. He will lead us to face Goliath.
Our text takes us to the crux of an impending conflict between the Philistines and the army of Israel, located in the Valley of Elah, a vast canyon nearly one mile wide. On opposite sides of the valley was sloped terrain and situated on the facing slopes were the armies of Israel and the Philistines.