Did you know that God often uses the weak to fight the high and mighty? In 1 Samuel 17:33-35, we learn about David who was a shepherd boy and a son in the family of the least in the weakest clan. This young lad fought lions and bears to deliver his sheep out of the mouths of beasts.
Not all shepherd boys are attacked by lions and bears. There was something different about David that attracted attacks!
In our own lives today we face battles. Terrible things may have happened to you. You may have been in a place where you couldn’t trust anyone around you. Remember, if you have a great destiny, the devil will attack your mind, your finances, your marriage, or your children in order to delay the fulfillment of your destiny.
Paying the price: lessons from King David’s Life
Terrible things happened to King David, many times in his life. We see this illustrated in 1 Samuel 20:1 where his own king, King Saul, wanted to kill him. David’s son Absalom murdered his half-brother and led a war against David, attempting to murder his father [2 Samuel 15]. The most historically successful king – King David – had to humiliate himself and act like a man who had lost his mind to avoid death by the hand of Achish, king of Gath [1 Samuel 21:12-15]. David and his men had to wander without direction in an attempt to escape King Saul’s wrath [1 Samuel 23:13]; the great King David was chastened and mocked by his people [1Samuel 25:10-11].
The lowest of lows moment in King David’s life occurred when he lost everything – his children, his wives, his city, his wealth, his strength, and even the love of his own people, who spoke of stoning him [1 Samuel 30: 1-6].
King David was paying a high price. But remember, his suffering was not in vain! God was teaching King David to neither trust in man, nor in his own human power. The Lord was leading King David, through tough situations, to trust in Him alone.
Dear friends, are you bitter about your situation or are you better in your situation? Like King David, you need to be faithful during the lowest of low moments and not complain. Endure with patience whatever comes at you, because it is only a test. Have the humility to humble yourself and the Lord will perfect you by His Spirit.
If you are determined to pay the price, God will surely establish you and bless you.
Prepare for your blessings
The Bible tells us that while King David lived in self-exile in a foreign land he continued to practice his skills and continued to win all his battles [1 Samuel 27:7].It is amazing to know that waiting for your blessings does not just involve paying a price. It also involves preparing for what God has in store for you.
Preparation means getting ready for the upcoming blessings, by faith. For instance, if God has called you to preach, a way to prepare for it is to spend more time studying the Bible and asking the Lord for revelations of His Word.
Dear friends, this season of preparation is a time when God molds our characters for His purposes. Equip yourself today for what the Lord has prepared for you tomorrow. Get all the resources you can find. Let us do our part to receive His blessings. Let us take the responsibility to prepare ourselves for God to use us while we’re waiting on God.
Wait patiently on the LORD
Waiting on the Lord means trusting Him with the timing of Lord’s blessing upon your journey. It might be tough, but remember that God sets the clock by His time, not yours. God uses this waiting time to teach you humility and patience.
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” [Isaiah 40:31]
If you can bow your head in humility before God and patiently wait on His timing, if you can endure stone-throwing and shame in your life, if you can stand criticism from your sisters and brothers in faith, it will not be long before God lifts you up.
No matter what happens around you, wait patiently on God.
Dear GTH friend/subscriber, I am excited as I write this to you. God will graciously bless you and restore everything you lost with a double, let me say triple, portion of His blessing.
Position yourself today to be able to receive God’s blessing tomorrow. And when the Lord opens the door which leads to your destiny and blessings, be ready, and mount up with wings into the highest of highs!
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