1. In this chapter of The Story, many different people think they have David figured out. How did each of these people view David when they looked at him?
a. His father, Jesse (1 Samuel 16:8-12; The Story, pp. 145-146)
b. The prophet, Samuel (1 Samuel 16:7-13; The Story, pp. 145-146)
c. His brother, Eliab (1 Samuel 17:28; The Story, p. 148)
d. King Saul (1 Samuel 17:33-39; The Story, pp. 148-149)
e. Goliath (1 Samuel 17:41-44; The Story, pp. 149)
2. God saw David quite differently from everyone else. In light of this chapter of The Story, how did God see David?
3. What are some ways that can we look past the surface to view people the way that God sees them?
4. This chapter includes two powerful prayers of David: one from Psalm 59 (The Story, p. 152) and another from 2 Samuel 22:1-7, 47; Psalm 18 (The Story, pp. 154-155). What do you learn about David’s heart from these honest, passionate cries to God?
5. Randy said, “God put David through spiritual boot camp to chisel him and refine him into the kind of man who truly trusted God.” How does God use difficult times to refine, strengthen, and help us to grow?
6. David had to wait fourteen years between being anointed and actually sitting on the throne. What can keep us hopeful when we wait for God to answer our prayers?
7. Reading The Story, we discover that David had his share of struggles and sins. But through it all he was a man whose heart sought after God. What helps us to keep our hearts focused on God and growing more in love with Him?
8. Randy made a provocative statement: “God can use our disobedient lives as effectively as He uses our obedient lives in the Lower Story to work out His Upper Story plans.” Do you agree with this statement? Are there examples from the Bible or from your life to help explain your answer?
9. The Story recounts that many of God’s children had long seasons of waiting. How can God use times of waiting and challenging seasons of life to prepare us for greater things in our future?