- “David was told he was too young. When King Saul saw how young David was, he immediately discounted David’s ability to fight the giant. After all, Goliath had many years of experience as a warrior. When your son’s abilities are questioned because he is young, remind him that if he is serving the Lord, he should “let no one despise [his] youth” (1 Timothy 4:12).
- David did not become discouraged by Saul’s lack of faith in his abilities, because David’s faith rested in God. David recounted to Saul how, as a young shepherd boy, the Lord had given him the ability to kill a lion and a bear with his bare hands so he could protect his father’s sheep.
To help your son not grow disheartened when he faces trials, remind him of how God allowed the lion and bear attacks so David could grow in his faith. As your son recalls how God worked to make David a courageous warrior for the Lord, he will learn to recognize God’s hand in the midst of his own struggles and find the strength to trust the Lord.
Are there lions and bears in your son’s life? Can you learn to trust the Lord’s sovereignty with regard to what He allows your son to endure? Sometimes we moms are so busy RESCUING OUR SONS from trials that WE GET IN THE WAY of how God is working to build their faith. In the future, God may ask your son to fight a giant.” Will you commit to teaching your son from God’s word how to prepare himself for the battle BEFORE he faces a giant? Teaching your son from God’s Word how to prepare for battle is a skill he will be able to apply to the rest of his life because it will develop in your son a biblical-world-view. Remember, YOU are the ARCHITECT OF THE NEXT GENERATION! (Excerpt Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, page 190)