#WednesdayWalk — Subdued Enthusiasm

“The Phillistines conquered them before,” my companion says to me. “They killed their King Saul and his sons.”

“But this King David is different,” I reply. “There’s something about him that scares me.”

“I hear he was just a shepherd boy.”

“But he killed Goliath with a few stones.”

My companion frowns at me. “That’s just a myth.”

“I tell you, this guy has the power of that Israelite God with him,” I insist. “His God is helping him wherever he goes.”

“But the Phillistines defeated them before. Hadadezer will show them who’s in control of this region. We have a massive army and chariots We’re going to restore his rule at the river. Besides, the Arameans are coming to help with more than 20,000 foot soldiers. There’s no way they’re going to defeat us.”

“But these Israelites don’t put their faith in armies and chariots. They trust their God to deliver them and he does!”

“Would you relax!”

“I tell you, their God is going to knock us down with a few pebbles.”


“Hey… who’s that guy running toward us?”

“I don’t know. He’s shouting something.”

“I think he’s saying, ‘Moab fell to the Israelites.’”


© 2021, CGThelen

#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of two foot soldiers in Hadadezer’s army as they prepared to fight King David. Based on 2 Samuel 7:18 – 8:14 (NASB).

7 thoughts on “#WednesdayWalk — Subdued Enthusiasm

  1. If God can accomplish things of this magnitude through faith, what could He accomplish in our lives when we open our hearts to let Him work through us? It seems I have only just started to figure that out myself.

    Thank you for sharing these stories from points of view we might otherwise never think about.

  2. 2 Samuel 8.6b “And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.”
    This is what comes of obedience. I agree with the main character in your story: it would be terrifying to fight against God’s people.

    1. It makes me wonder as well. I know God impacted people throughout history who saw the events firsthand — such as Rahab in Joshua 2:10 where she talks about what God has done years later. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

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