Monday, September 22, 2008

Is this where I’m supposed to be?

14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil [a] spirit from the LORD tormented him.

 15 Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better."

 17 So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays well and bring him to me."

 18 One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him."

 19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep." 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

 21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."

 23 Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
1 Sam 16:14-23

Here are some things that jumped out at me this morning.

The people around Saul saw what he was going through and offered a suggestion. Think of how often we would probably just criticize or gossip. Strive to be on the solution side of the equation.

The person they identified as best qualified to help Saul was none other than an ordinary shepherd boy named David. God uses the ordinary to put people in the right places for the right training in the right time.

God placed David in the right place so that he could be quietly introduced to Israel. By serving in the palace he could gain the confidence of the people, and develop his gifts and grace.

While serving under Saul, he would learn what it was like to be a king who was unkind. He would learn how not to be corrupted by the court. He would learn how to handle success. He would learn to persevere in his calling, while serving someone who was not walking with God. He would learn to serve and minister in the small things.

God has you in a certain place right now, what is He trying to teach you?

Today is preparation for your next, gain all the wisdom you can from today.

You are in the right place, at the right time, for the right training!

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