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97. Christmas 2019

I once had the wonderful privilege to be in Europe during the Christmas season. It was truly a magical experience. The sun set at around four in the afternoon, but that was when the beautiful Christmas lights came on. There were lights everywhere, all colors and all shapes and sizes. Everywhere it twinkled lifting the spirits of the people who for most of the day only saw snow and grey clouds. Now for us from South Africa the snow was awesome! But I can just imagine if you only saw white snow and grey clouds for months on end, it might become a bit gloomy. And that is why they have the lights; it really lifts you to another dimension. It is so festive and despite the cold, family and friends come together to celebrate the glorious season and to rejoice in hope.

This made me think. Jesus came and said that He is the light of the world:

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

When I think of Jesus, I think of light. His birth was no different. The special light of the incredible star announced His birth, as well as the light of the whole host of angels that appeared to the shepherds. And His light kept on shining. He shone in a dark world. He shone hope, forgiveness, atonement, life, healing and so I can go on. His whole being shone forth the glory of God. So when I think of Jesus I think of the Christmas lights in Europe. Jesus' light was not like a spotlight descending on the human race, unveiling each and every blemish that we have, demanding restitution. No, His light is gentle and kind, giving warmth, joy and a sense of something magical to a dark world. His light brings people together to sing to the glory of His Father.

And then Jesus did something remarkable. He said that we are now the light of the world:

"You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

Paul also affirms this in Romans 13:12:

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light."

We are the light of the world, wearing our armor of light. Jesus lives within us and it is now HIS light shining through us. Our lights should spread warmth in a cruel dark world, our lights should attract a gloomy world closer so that they want what we have, our lights should bring joy to the depressed and hope to the forsaken. We shouldn't walk around with spotlights and condemn the world for their sins or shine our spotlight on the speck in our friends' eyes. And on the other hand, our lights shouldn't be so dim, that no one even notices it. No, we should shine our lights like the lights in Europe. We should attract people, make them want to come closer, make them want to know Jesus more. We must share what we have and warm their hearts with the Good News of Jesus Christ! That is why we are here on earth, to spread His Kingdom and His love to a world in desperate need for it.

May we all stand still this Christmas, celebrating the life of Jesus, taking in His Word and spreading His warm, cheerful, loving, magnificent light to all.

Father, thank you for placing the beautiful, awe-inspiring light of Your Son inside of us all. Thank you for entrusting us with this gift. Thank you that we can celebrate Christmas, and rejoice in Your Son freeing us from sin and from darkness. May we all walk in this victory and make You proud. We love You. Amen

12. Do not be jealous

Last week we saw how David obtained favor wherever he went. Everyone accepted him and honored him. We also learned that this new found fame didn't go to David's head; in fact he remained humble and behaved wisely in everything that he did.

Now as David and the army returned home after the battle with the Philistines the women came out and started singing.

"So the women sang as they danced, and said: "Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands." 1 Samuel 18:7

The Bible tells us that Saul heard this and he was very angry that they ascribed ten thousands to David and only thousands to him. He became very jealous of David. In fact, he became so jealous that he wanted to kill David:

"And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand, as at other times; but there was a spear in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the spear, for he said, "I will pin David to the wall!" But David escaped his presence twice." 1 Samuel 18:10, 11

David defeated Goliath and rescued the armies of Israel from the Philistines and yet due to jealousy Saul wanted to kill him. He became blind with jealousy. And when he didn't succeed, he became afraid, because he realized that the Lord was with David and not with him anymore (1 Samuel 18:12).

It is easy to judge Saul from this side. It is easy to read this and think that he truly didn't act in a Godly manner. But don't we do the same? We might not try to kill them (Thank goodness!), but in our hearts we might do that. Don't we get jealous too when we succeeded in something and suddenly someone else does it even better than us? Don't we get jealous when someone else gets the promotion that we felt that we deserve? Don't we get jealous when our children practice hard at something and then another child outperforms them with ease? Be honest with yourself today. Haven't you been jealous too?

This 'story' warn us of the dire consequences of jealousy. We will still see how much misery it will bring King Saul. Fortunately for us God's Spirit will never depart from us as it did him, for we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13), but when we allow jealousy to take over, we will live with the lower energy levels of jealousy and its consequences until we decide to let it go. It truly is not worth it. Living with God's Spirit mightily flowing through us is the highest level of energy that we can live on. And when we live on that energy level good things will manifest for us, we will also be filled with joy, love and God's Shalom peace. That is where God wants us and where we will experience life and life in abundance. But if we make friends with jealousy and if we decide to harbor and cherish that in our souls, we will be operating at much lower levels of energy. Then we cannot access all that God has in store for us. Then it is not God punishing us, but we ourselves deciding to live on a much lower level than what He had planned for us.

God has such wonderful plans in store for us, plans that will fit us as a glove, plans that will honor His Name and will further His Kingdom. It might look totally different than what we might think, but it is what God knows would be best for us. We might think we know best, but He really does! So why be jealous of His plan for another? That plan might not work for you. You might think it would, but in reality it wouldn't. Don't you think it would be better to trust His timing and His pathway for our lives instead of wasting time wishing you had another's success? Learn from Saul and see where it got him. We will see the detail in future weeks. But know that his end was a dreary one. God doesn't want that for us, that is not His plan. Rather walk in His fullness and experience all that He came to give you. His plan for your life is perfect.

Father, thank you so much for all Your love and for the good plans that You have for us! Help us to see the pathway through Your eyes. Help us to be happy for other people's success and to walk our pathway with joy! As we know You know best. Amen

11. Glorify God

Last week we saw how King Saul didn't even recognize who David was, even though David had been playing the harp for him and helping him to get rid of the distressing spirit tormenting him. And we learned from this lesson that we should continue to do good, even though people might not even recognize our efforts. But God honors us, as He did David.

After defeating Goliath Saul didn't want David to go home anymore. He wanted David to stay with him. David met Saul's son, Jonathan, and they became the best of friends. They loved one another with a true brotherly love. Jonathan even took off his own robe and armor and gave it to David. Jonathan could see the work of the Lord in David.

The Bible also tells us that everywhere David went he was:

"…accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants." 1 Samuel 18:5

God gave David favor from all sides. He gave him favor inside the royal family, outside with the people of the Kingdom as well as inside the palace with the King's servants. Everywhere he went he received favor. But what stood out for me was that the Bible tells us that David behaved wisely. This is wonderful to read.

David was still very young. Suddenly he became a national hero. He became someone the whole army looked up to. He was asked to come and live within the palace and even there the King's son gave him his robe and armor. All the people loved him. Plus he knew that he had been secretly anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel. David could easily have had all of this go to his head. He could easily have thought that he had 'arrived' and that he was now superior to others. He could have become proud and forgotten all that the Lord had done for him.

Yet, none of this happened. The Bible says that he behaved wisely. We can learn from that. We can also so easily become proud of our achievements. We can easily find our solace in it. We can start believing that we have earned the position that we are in at work, that we are healthy because we eat right and we exercise, that our children excel all because of all the extra lessons we paid for them to take, that we reach new heights in sport all because we train so hard and so I can go on. Yes we must work hard, yes we should eat right and exercise, but at the end of the day Who gives us the health, the passion, the energy, the talent and the IQ to do all of this?

We should never become proud of our achievements and think that we have arrived. God should be honored and praised through it all. He gave us talents, health, a high IQ etc., so that we can excel in order for people to notice us giving our testimony of Him. He wants His children to excel in order to draw others closer to Him as well. He doesn't want us to excel simply to glorify our own efforts.

Think about this. You will see that it is true in so many aspects of our lives. Our egos get in the way so many times. Jesus came so that we can crucify our ego and that we can now live fully in the spiritual realm glorifying God and leading others to Him. Success is only there because God ordained it to be so. We can and should do our best, but the honor is always His. And He in turn honors that, as we will see further in the life of David.

Father, thank you for providing us with everything that we need to succeed. We glorify You and we honor You. Without You we won't even be able to get out of bed. Thank you so much for the honor of serving You. Please grant us the wisdom to live according to Your plan for our lives and to testify wherever You want us to. Amen

10. Do good anyway

David brought about a big victory for the Israelites against the Philistines by defeating Goliath. As we saw last week the Philistines didn't keep their end of the bargain to become the slaves of Israel. They decided to flee instead and God helped the Israelites to defeat the Philistines and to be enriched through plundering their tents.

It was during this process that something happened that was quite funny to me. King Saul turned to his commander of the army, Abner, and asked concerning David:

"Abner, whose son is this youth?" 1 Samuel 17:55

And then later he summoned David and asked him "Whose son are you young man?" 1 Samuel 17:58

I find his questions amusing. It was as if Saul didn't know who David was. Yet only one chapter back Saul listened to the advice of his servants and sent for David to come and play the harp for him. His servants then told him that this was David, the son of Jesse. Saul even wrote a letter to Jesse asking him to send David to him. And we saw how Saul was pleased with David and how the distressing spirit left as David played to him.

And yet after all that, Saul is acting as if he doesn't know David at all. There could be two possible reasons for it. First of all the distressing spirit might be interfering with Saul's memory, in other words Saul might not have clarity of mind anymore. Or secondly, Saul might have never really looked at David whilst playing the harp for him. Maybe he thought of himself so much higher in ranking than David that he didn't truly notice him, even though the music brought 'ointment' for his disturbed soul. We will never know. But the fact is Saul didn't even recognize David here.

Today we might also have done a lot of good to someone who doesn't even recognize all our efforts. We might be helping behind the scenes and never even receive a 'thank you'. We might be overlooked when it comes to promotion or when bonuses are distributed. But the fact of the matter is that God sees our efforts and will reward us accordingly. He sees all that we do and He is pleased with His sons and daughters. Never give up doing good. Never expect to receive an earthly 'thank you' or reward for all the good that you do, yet continue doing good anyway. God is the One we want to be proud of us. This made me think of a poem by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It has truly blessed me and I hope it will mean something to you today:

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be frank and honest anyway

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight; build anyway

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow, do good anyway

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you've got anyway

You see in the final analysis, it is all between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

Father, we are so blessed to know that this life is between us and You. We are not in competition with one another, but we are here to glorify You and You alone and to build Your Kingdom. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to do that. We love You. Amen

9. Stand up and be counted

David brought a big victory for Israel when he defeated Goliath. He trusted in God inexplicitly and through His grace David killed Goliath. The Philistines couldn't believe it when they saw their hero fall. They ran off the moment they saw it. They didn't honor their agreement. Do you remember their agreement? Goliath proclaimed that if someone were to kill him, they would be the servants of Israel, but if he killed the one coming against him, Israel would be their servants. Now of course they never in their wildest dreams thought that someone will actually kill Goliath and therefore they made this silly agreement. But the moment the unthinkable happened they ditched the agreement and fled.

Hasn't this happened many times to us as well? Either we make silly promises because we think it will never happen, or people we enter into agreement with make a U-turn the moment things don't go their way. I think the lesson here is that we should think carefully before we enter into an agreement with anyone. We should be prepared to honor that agreement even if things do not go our way.

But on the other hand, if we acted honorably, and really kept to our side of the bargain and the other party decides not to honor it, we can be certain that God will be with us and help us. He certainly was with the Israelites. The moment Goliath was defeated the Philistines ran with the Israelites in hot pursuit:

"Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents." 1 Samuel 17:52, 53

God helped the Israelites in a mighty way. Just a few verses back they were trembling, scared to death, but this one heroic act of David spurred them on and they solidly defeated their enemy. God didn't take kindly to the fact that the Philistines didn't honor their part of the agreement and He helped the Israelites to not only defeat them, but to be enriched as well by taking all the Philistines had. God is faithful and will help His people. And the same is true today. If you are honest in your business and personal dealings, God will fight for you and help you to be even better off than you would have been if the other party had honored their part of the bargain.

One man's absolute trust in God spurred on a whole nation and saved them from certain bloodshed. It is wonderful to see what one man's faith can do. Today also we should never think that we cannot make a difference on our own. We truly can. Our faith and trust in God can influence more than we think and can lead to supernatural events happening. One act of absolute faith can snowball and change a whole nation. Think about that the next time you are led by His Spirit to do something. You have the ability to influence a nation. God has given it to you. You only need to stand up and be counted.

Father thank you that we can know that You will always fight for us. We look up to You and we praise You! Give us the courage to take a stand for You and to proclaim our faith for all to see. We want people to see You in us. All glory on High! Amen

8. Proclaim His Word

Last week we saw that David went just as he was to face Goliath. He didn't take any extra precautions and he didn't take the armor of Saul, he didn't want anything that he wasn't used to. He trusted God without wavering. David walked up to Goliath with only five smooth stones in his shepherd bag as well as his staff in his hand. He was ready to face the giant.

Now as we might suspect, the giant immediately taunted David. He tried to make him lose his nerve. He talked down at David and really scorned him. But it is wonderful to see that it didn't faze David in the least. In fact when Goliath swore by his gods, it spurred David on even more. David then replied exalting God and giving all honor to Him.

"I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you…..for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands." 1 Samuel 17:45, 46, 47b

Isn't it wonderful? David proclaimed no glory for himself; he honored God all the way! He gave all glory to Him Who he knew would deliver him. I love it. David also didn't have the slightest doubt that God would not help him. He trusted Him wholly and without wavering. And God honored that. David threw one stone at Goliath and it struck his forehead and he fell down dead. David ran over and didn't take any chances. He took the sword of Goliath and cut off his head with his own sword. Victory which David proclaimed orally became a reality.

We also need to proclaim our victory orally. We need to speak out loud what is true of us according to the Bible. We did a whole series on Kingdom living and what is now true of us today because we belong to Christ, so I am not going to go into detail right now. But we need to proclaim who we are. The Bible tells us that we are more than conquerors through Him that gives us the strength. We are royalty, a priesthood serving God, we are His children, royal heirs to the Kingdom, His bride and so I can go on. We need to proclaim that and stand up in who we truly are. Then the enemy cannot do anything against us. You see if your mind is filled with the Word of God, the energy of His Word will shine forth and change this world according to what His Word proclaims.

All your thoughts are energy. It has been proven scientifically, I cannot go into detail here, but what you think, you eventually say and what you say eventually becomes your reality. It really does. That is why God's Word says, as a man thinks, so he becomes (Proverbs 23:7). It is therefore pivotal what goes on inside your thoughts. That is why God says we need to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). We need to start thinking as He does and when we do, His power starts to work, and His energy starts to flow through us and His reality for us manifests.

David had zero doubts in his mind that God will help him, literally nothing. And that is why he could defeat his giant. We need to have that total conviction too. And we have an even bigger advantage, we have His Spirit inside of us, helping us each step of the way.

Start reading His Word, start believing what is true of you, start proclaiming it, start renewing your thoughts and then see how you start living it. A new day would dawn for you! Rejoice. God is for you, who can ever be against you?!

Father thank you for Your precious Word. Thank you that we can take all of it to heart and believe what it is true of us. We are so grateful. Thank you for Your good plans for our lives and that You are right there beside us, leading the way as our Lion of Judah. Hallelujah, all the giants will fall. Amen

7. Just be yourself

Last week we learned that we shouldn't be swayed by the downgrading comments of other people, but we should listen to God's voice only and follow Him. This is exactly what David did. He didn't listen to the insulting words of his brother, but continued with what he felt in his heart. David continued questioning about Goliath. So much so, that Saul heard of it and sent for him. David declared that Saul shouldn't be afraid any longer; he will go and fight the Philistine. And immediately Saul also tried to discourage him, by saying that he was too young and not an experienced fighter like Goliath. But still David wouldn't listen. God placed this conviction in his heart and he wasn't going to be swayed. He explained to Saul how God has helped him to kill both a lion and a bear who tried to attack his sheep. And what I love about David's response is his absolute conviction that God will help him:

"The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:37

I love it! There is absolutely no wavering in his faith. There is no maybe God will help, or maybe He won't. He was absolutely convinced that He would and God honored that.

Saul could see that David was not backing down so he agreed that he could go. He also clothed David with his armor and he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. But when David tried to walk he couldn't. It was too heavy for him and didn't fit him at all. He immediately took it off and simply took his staff and five smooth stones from the brook.

This was interesting to me. What Saul was saying in effect was:

"If I had the guts to do this, I would have worn this. So please take it, hopefully it will help you."

Luckily David had the sense to decline. We cannot win the battles wearing someone else's armor. God has given each of us our own armor to wear. We should honor and respect that. We shouldn't try to be like someone else. God made us so unique and special. He has given us all the tools that we need to succeed. We shouldn't yearn for someone else's.

Sometimes people really mean well, they really want to help us, but we must still do things our own unique way. David would never have succeeded wearing Saul's armor. He would have stumbled and it would have been the end of him. He didn't try and spare Saul's feelings. No, he declined the armor and trusted God completely to help him as He had done in the past. His raw courage inspired a whole army. He demonstrated to all, that out of his own strength it was impossible to defeat Goliath, but with God all things are possible! Hallelujah!

Just be yourself. Rejoice in the victories that God has given to you in the past and be confident that He will be with you in the future too. Just walk as the royalty that you are. Do not imitate others and test ALL advice, even those well-meaning advices, against God's will for your life. Then go out, be yourself and defeat the enemy.

Thank you for who I am Lord. Thank you that You made me unique and special, ready to conquer any enemy with Your help. I praise You that I am more than a conqueror because Jesus gave me the strength! Hallelujah, I give You all the honor and glory! Amen


6. Listen only to God's Voice

Last week we learned that we should focus on how big our God is and not how big our giants are. He is mighty to save and as we look up at Him at all times, our giants will simply pale in comparison. And that is the start of victory!

Okay, so last week we saw that Goliath came every day and challenged the forces of Israel. And Saul and his entire army were greatly afraid. And this was where David entered the scene.

He was still at home tending the sheep, and not at the battle field. Three of his older brothers were there. So David's father, Jesse, sent David to take dried grain and ten loaves to his brothers, as well as ten cheeses for the captain of their thousands. Jesse also wanted news from them and wanted to know how they were doing. So David went and as he arrived at the battle field he left the supplies with the supply keeper and joined his brothers. There he also saw Goliath and heard what he said. He also heard about the reward for the person who killed Goliath. David started asking around and notice how his brother, Eliab, reacted:

"Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle." 1 Samuel 17:28

And notice how David reacts:

"What have I done now?" 1 Samuel 17:29

It was clear from this interaction that there was not a lot of love lost between the brothers. Eliab wanted to degrade David. He knew that he was anointed to be king and yet he wanted to humiliate him. Notice the word 'few' that he uses. He wanted to degrade the work that David was doing. He wanted him to think he was worth nothing. And the way David reacted suggests that this was not the first time that his brother looked down on him and scoffed at him.

But did this stop David? No. The Bible says he continued asking about Goliath. So much so that Saul heard of it and sent for him.

Now we can learn from this. When God places something on our hearts, we shouldn't stop even if people ridicule us and call us names. When we have the conviction to do something, we must continue with it and not allow other people's opinions to sway us. This made me think of Noah as well. He was ridiculed and scoffed at on a daily basis for years. Yet he had the conviction to build the ark and he continued to do so and his act of obedience saved his and his family's lives.

If you know in your heart that you must do something, you must do it. Do not allow the fickle opinions of others to sway you. Stand up and continue with what God has told you to do. At the end of the day, only His opinion matters and you would have obtained a big victory for His Kingdom. People are so easily influenced; do not allow that to happen to you. You have His Spirit inside of you and you can hear His voice. Follow that voice and let all other voices disappear. Can you imagine if David allowed his brother to sway him with his comments? He would never have become king. No, David knew who he was in God and he hated the fact that Goliath was defying his mighty, living God. He stood up for God and for what is right and the rest is history.

Father, help us to close our ears to the dooming voices of others. Speak to us loud and clear. We want to follow You and You only. You are our Lord and King, glory on high! Amen

5. Do not fear the giants

Last term we learned that we must do our best on the journey to where God is leading us. He will use the experience that we gained on our life's journey to glorify His Name and to build His Kingdom.

And one of the ways that God helped David to gain even more experience was with his famous encounter with Goliath. This encounter was recorded right after stating that David was playing the harp for Saul. This displays that God helped David to learn how to be a king inside the castle and how to be a king on the outside, fighting wars.

Now most of you know this story off by heart. But just to shortly recap. The Philistines gathered their armies together for battle against the Israelites. The armies stood facing one another, each on a mountain with a valley between them. Then every day Goliath, a giant 3metres tall, will come and challenge the Israelite army:

"Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us." 1 Samuel 17:9

And the Bible records the reaction of Saul and the Israelites:

"When Saul and all of Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid." 1 Samuel 17:11

They were greatly afraid. They lost sight of the mighty God that they serve and were greatly afraid of a 'giant' of 3metres tall. Against their God Goliath was puny, a small ant, but when they lost sight of God, and how mighty and how great He was, Goliath was a giant to them.

Doesn't this happen to us as well? I have seen myself faced with many giants and I was greatly afraid of them. I looked at them from an earthly perspective and I didn't know how I was going to defeat them. And I must be honest, I prayed over all these situations, but somehow I still lost sight of how awesome, big and great our God was. It was only when God tugged at my heart strings and showed me how great, loving and absolutely sovereign He is that I obtained perspective again. It was then that the giant that I faced started to fade in comparison. Time spent with Him, growing by feeding on His Word, made me stronger and stronger, growing bit by bit into the fullness of Christ as the Bible urges us to. Jesus opened up the way for us to become like Him on earth, because He lives in us and through us! And when we realize the full impact of Him living IN us, we can face any giant and they will need to retreat!

Poor Saul and the Israeli army didn't have His mighty Spirit living in them as we do. We have a huge advantage over them and we need to start using it. Jesus came to open up the way for us to access unlimited power. But He is not going to force it on us, we need to use it.

What giants are you facing today? See how God is mightier than them all, see how powerful He is, how big, how Almighty and then look again at your giant with different eyes. We are more than conquerors through Jesus that gives us the strength we need! No giant should taunt us! We are children of the Most High God.

Thank you Father that You are almighty, big, powerful and without equal. Thank you that You are by our side!! We praise You and glorify Your mighty Name! Thank you that we never need to fear giants in our lives. Amen

4. Do your best right where you are

Last week we saw how God looks totally different than us. He looks at the heart, a willingness to serve Him and to follow Him wholeheartedly!

Samuel anointed David in front of his brothers and the Word clearly states that:

"…the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward." 1 Samuel 16:13

And the very next verse the opposite was displayed:

"But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him." 1 Samuel 16:14

God came upon David and left Saul. Fortunately this cannot happen to us today, as His Holy Spirit has come mightily to this earth and into our hearts to stay. But here in the Old Testament, God placed His Spirit upon His leaders, and in His eyes David was the leader now.

This happened instantaneously as David was anointed. Then Saul's servants (I believe by the hand of the Lord) suggested that Saul get someone to play harp for him in order to calm him down and have the distressing spirit depart. And of course they suggested that he gets David to play the harp for him. David came and the Bible tells us that Saul loved him greatly and that when David played the harp:

"And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him." 1 Samuel 16:23

God used David to help Saul, even though Saul didn't truly have a heart for God. And how wonderful that God brought David right into the throne room of the King. And from there he could learn all the ways of a king. He could learn how the household works, how the army functioned, how the king conducts himself, how to run a kingdom. He could learn all of that whilst he was still too young to be king himself. God opened the way for him.

Today also God prepares us for what lies ahead. Sometimes we wonder how on earth is what I am doing now going to help me later? But when we walk on the pathway God ordained for us, everything will work out for our good. All the experience that we obtain will help us later in our lives. It will assist us to be better than what we would have been if we had rushed into things.

I can't help but wonder what went on inside of David's head. He was anointed to be king and yet he didn't know when or how that was going to happen. And suddenly he is summoned to play harp for the king. I really wonder what he must have thought. But what I can gather from the Word, his actions were exemplary. Even though he was not yet king as he was anointed to be, he did his work, playing the harp, to the best of his ability. He didn't question God, but performed the task at hand to his utmost best.

We can learn from that. We don't know the future and what lies ahead, but we can do the best we can right there where we are now, trusting that God knows best. We must trust His timing. He will lead and guide us to where we need to be. And then we can use the experience we obtained whilst in the 'waiting room'. Do your best where you are, do not be grumpy, complaining to God. Rather accept your circumstances, with your hope focused on God, doing your best and listening to Him for guidance. Then you cannot go wrong and your experience gained will stand you in good stead in the end.

Father we love Your plan for our lives. We want to hear Your voice loud and clear as to the way forward. Please lead us with Your divine guidance. We know that You know best. Thank you for the opportunity to gain experience, we will do our best. Amen