As part of our human nature we are seeking security and peace. Naturally we avoid difficulties. Having problems is painful and tiring.
However – if we had no challenges we would never find new ways and alternative solutions. We would be stuck in pattern and habits.
To live is much more the question how do we deal with problems and what is our attitude when we are struggling. When we only associate stress and loss of energy with difficult situations, they will wear us out quickly. Our energy will be draining away – a subconscious and automatic process as we are expecting to be tired and exhausted.
Often we picture young King David being a shepherd sitting in the shadow of a tree playing his harp and singing psalms while the sheep are grazing peacefully. This picture is however only part of King David’s reality. He fought against the bears and he was pulling the sheep out of the lions mouth. Probably he needed to use his sling shoot many times. As he was a smart man we can assume that he was practicing his sling shot a lot in order to be well prepare when wild animals are coming to kill his sheep.
However, when we study his psalm we never find him complaining how hard it is to look after the sheep, how disturbing it is when the lion appears in the middle of his praise and worship times. He is not complaining to be out in solitude doing a job that is not appreciated in society.
He does his job without complaining training worshipping and always alert and ready to defend his sheep to the point of sacrificing his life.
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Little did David know that God needed him to go through this time and that he sent him wild animals. This season was shaping his character and an important preparation for his future tasks.
After years of training in the shepherd field, this is David’s response to the military challenge by the giant called Goliath: But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. (NIV 1.Samuel 17: 34-36)
Are you in a difficult situation? Look at it through the story of David:
- Know that God is always with you
- He keeps you safe and protects you
- Your problem is a blessing to train you
- Always trust HIM
- HIS plans are good and HIS perspective is much wider
- He is preparing you for bigger tasks
- Be expectant to see God coming through in your situation.
- Be encouraged – as you rely on HIM your faith will be built