Summary: There is a time to set your face to the wall and stay focused on the main thing. It is easy to lose sight of the eternal goals before us.
STAY FOCUSED, KEEP AN EYE ON THE GOAL
GOD KNOWS HOW TO PREPARE HIS PEOPLE
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
NEVER WHERE THE THE GOAL IS...
WEHS played Barren County in a JV game 10/18 /11.
A Barren County player made an INTERCEPTION about the 10 yard line, he turned to run
90 yards to make a touchdown. He was so excited. His players ran along beside him and
screamed you are going the wrong way. He did not have to run 90 yards? He had only to run
10 yards. They got him turned around, by now WEHS did not know what was going on,
the Barren County player had blockers all around him, HE RAN IT INTO THE END ZONE.
TOUCH DOWN... His touch was the difference in the game, they won. Never forget:
WHERE THE GOAL IS...
2 Chron. 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou
king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
Ephes. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I. WE ARE FACING A GREAT BATTLE, THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US...
YOU MUST BE CAREFUL TO NOT LISTEN WHEN THE WORLD TELLS YOU YOU CAN'T
1 Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger
was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left
those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art
come down that thou mightest see the battle.
A. THERE IS A TERRIBLE ENEMY ACROSS THE VALLEY...
B. The enemy has MOCKED the KING, the people, and THE GOD OF ISRAEL...
C. DAVID was the 8th son, he had 3 brothers that were here for the KING.
David was carrying bread and cheese.
D. Eliab was David's oldest brother, and he was mean to David. ELIAB told David he was a
nothing... DID YOU LEAVE THOSE FEW SHEEP?
E. ELIAB WAS THROWING UP: DID YOU COME TO SEE THE BATTLE?
F. Well, Eliab what battle is going on? You are afraid to STAND UP FOR GOD?
G. EVEN KING SAUL TELLS THE BOY: YOU CAN NOT DO THIS...
1 Samuel 17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him:
for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
II. THIS BATTLE YOU ARE IN MAY BE A TIME OF PREPARATION FOR THINGS AHEAD.
KING SAUL AND ELIAB COULD NOT SEE HOW GOD HAD PREPARED THE LITTLE BOY WAS
FOR THE BATTLE. GOD HAD ALREADY TAKEN A LITTLE BOY AND STARTED HIM ON A
JOURNEY TO PREPARE THE BOY FOR THE JOURNEY AND BATTLE AHEAD.
1 Samuel 17:34 And David said unto Saul, 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.
 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,
seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
A. There are several lesson God wants to teach HIS KIDS...
God had to teach this son of Jessie THAT GOD WAS WITH HIM... even in the VALLEY OF THE
SHADOW OF DEATH.
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall
not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.
B. GOD KNEW HE HAD TO BUILD THE BOY'S CONFIDENCE...
Remember the 12 SPIES? 10 had absolutely no confidence or faith THAT GOD CAN DO THIS....
TWO MEN OF GOD HAD GREAT CONFIDENCE: LET US GO UP NOW...
C. GOD HAD TO TEACH A BOY ABOUT DIVINE DELIVERANCE...
God has to teach those that do His work that HE CAN DELIVER...
Ask the 3 Hebrew boys? Ask Daniel? Ask Paul: DOES GOD DELIVER...
D. GOD WANTED TO TEACH THIS BOY THAT GOD CHOSES WEAK THINGS,
DON'T DESPISE THE LITTLE THINGS, BOY.
God can use a ROD IN MOSES HAND, God can use a JAW BONE in Samson's hand.
F. We must learn as David did... IT IS ALL ABOUT TRUUST AND FAITH...
Ask Abraham, ask Job...