Time to Shine

Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. David said to Saul, Your servant was keeping his father's sheep; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him. Your servant struck both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. 1 Samuel 17:34'36 WEB

The day that David walked out on the battlefield to meet the giant Goliath was not his first time fighting something big and scary. God had been preparing David for years while he was tending sheep in a common, everyday, typical job. Shepherding was a job that none of his brothers wanted to do. Out of the eight sons, David was the only one tending sheep on the day that Samuel came to visit them. Some of his brothers were soldiers in the Israelite army (1Samuel 17:17).

While protecting those sheep, David learned to kill lions and bears, now there was a giant in front of him. It did not happen by accident. God had trained David for this day, now it was his time to shine. David did not start out facing giants, he started by tending sheep. God prepares you for his work ahead of time, sometimes using the most mundane things. Most of the time, we don't even know that we are in training.

I spent twenty years working on computer networks, mail servers, web servers, and the supporting infrastructure. Now I use the things that I learned along the way to build an online church here at Refreshing Hope Ministries. God is efficient and He wastes nothing. He will use the things that He has placed in your life to further His kingdom.

The common, everyday tasks that you deal with daily is always preparing you for something bigger. The skills that you develop in the natural can be used by Him. So do your best at whatever He has given you today, and when the time comes, you will be ready for the promotion just like David.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You let me see my life through Your eyes for a change. Show me how I can make a difference and let me experience divine encounters in my life. Teach me, train me, use me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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