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

1 comment for “10. Do good anyway”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Sunday, 10 November 2019 at 10:14:14 AM

    Powerful message, we often think that if we work hard God HAS to bless us. His time is not always our time, trust Him and work hard anyway.... AMEN

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