Bible stories teach me how to live the gospel

Once, there was a boy named David. He was the youngest of 8 brothers. His father put him in charge of watching over the family sheep and making sure they were safe. David did his best and prayed that the Lord would help him. One day a lion came to eat the sheep. Even though the lion was bigger than David, he was able to get the sheep away from the lion and kill it. Sometime later a bear came to steal a sheep. The bear was also bigger than David, but the Lord strengthened him and he was again able to get the sheep away and kill the bear.

At this time there was a people called the Philistines who didn’t like David’s people, the Israelites, very much. They wanted to go to war with the Israelites and make them their slaves. The Israelites formed an army to protect themselves. David’s three oldest brothers, Eliab, Abinidab, and Shammah joined the army. Their father, Jessie, worried about them, so he sent David to bring them bread and cheese. On his way, he passed the Philistine army. He heard one of the Philistine’s, a man named Goliath, shout to the armies of Israel. He said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” (1 Samuel 17:10) David wondered, “What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this…Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26) He was angry that Goliath was making fun of the Israelites.

David had faith and trusted that God would protect him. He went before the King and asked his permission to fight Goliath. The King refused and was sure David would be killed. David told him about his experiences with the lion and bear. He told the King that he trusted that the Lord would help him beat Goliath. The King decided that he would let David go against Goliath, but only if he wore the King’s armor. The armor was too big though, so David was allowed to go without any armor. Instead David picked up five smooth stones out of a brook, put them in a bag, and went to face Goliath.

Goliath was angry. He didn’t think David was worthy to fight him. He cursed David. David told Goliath that God would deliver him and Goliath would lose the battle. He told him that God would do this to prove that He is there. This made Goliath even more angry and he charged at David to kill him. David took one of the stones from his bag, put it in his sling, and threw it at Goliath. The stone hit him in the forehead and killed him. Goliath fell to the ground. This frightened the Philistine army so much that they ran away.

David was grateful he had faith and trusted that the Lord would protect him. I have faith in the Lord. I trust that he will help me and protect me from evil.

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