While tending those sheep, David had faced lions and bears as he rescued his sheep from their mouths. He had learned great courage in those small battles. He had also learned how to use a slingshot. Hour after hour sitting on those hills in
So, those little battles he had faced, which no one knew about but him, gave him the experience and courage he needed to face a really big battle – defeating a huge giant. David’s private victories had prepared him for that public victory.
In the parable of the talents, Jesus taught us that before He will entrust us with big things, He tests us to see if we’re faithful in small things. To the two faithful servants in the parable, the master said, “Well, done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (Matthew. 25:23).
Maybe you’re in the "little things" category right now, and you’re itching for bigger and better things. But the question is, have you been faithful in the little things? Can you be trusted to do the little things well? If not, God is not likely to entrust you with bigger things–and, by the way, neither is your employer!
So, if you are eager to rise to higher levels, that’s great. It’s good to have goals and ambitions, but remember to be faithful where you are now so that you can be trusted with bigger and better things. The little battles in life get us ready for the big ones!