29. Be faithful right where you are

Last week we learned that we shouldn't rejoice when our enemies get hurt or are going through a tough time. We shouldn't be happy when others who despise us, are not excelling. We should rather pray for them that God's will be done in their lives. We shouldn't gloat or rub it in their faces, no; we should rather walk this road with God as worthy children of Him. David did just that when he heard that Saul had died. He wept for him and even wrote a song for him. David's actions were exemplary; given all that Saul had done to him.

Now that Saul was dead, David was free to go back to Israel. But instead of just assuming that he could go back, he first enquired of the Lord. The Lord told him yes, he can go back to Judah. God told him to go and settle in Hebron. He and all his men obeyed and went to settle in Hebron.

"Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah." 2 Samuel 2:4

Finally the promise made to David by God has been fulfilled. But only in part. He was only made king over Judah and not all the other tribes. Abner, the commander of Saul's army, took Ishbosheth, Saul's son and made him king over the rest of the tribes. So for seven years and six months David was king only over Judah and not the whole of Israel. And even though the full manifestation of all that God had promised him hadn't come to pass, David did the best he could with the kingship that God had already given him.

So basically within days from the lowest point in David's life, God exalted him to king over Judah. He didn't have to fight for it, he didn't have to reason with people and convince them that he had to be made king, no, God simply gave it to him. It was certainly one swift exaltation.

This made me think of Joseph too. He was one moment at the lowest point in his life, namely the dungeon and the next he was the second mightiest man in Egypt. This all happened without going through the hierarchy, without a whole voting process, without even proving himself. This happened because he trusted in God and God honored him.

The same with Moses. One moment Moses was a shepherd tending sheep in the wilderness and the next he was the leader of 2.5 million people, challenging the mightiest man on earth namely the Pharaoh. But God was mightily with him and exalted him at exactly the right time.

Do not despair when you are at a low point in your life. Don't give up when you don't see your God-given dreams materializing. Just keep walking with God. Give each step with Him. Just keep being faithful in the small things. Once God can trust you with that, He will exalt you higher and quicker than you ever dreamed possible. The speed at which you will move will astound you. But first things first, do what He has placed on your plate today with excellence. Do it to the best of your ability and do it as if you are doing it for Him, even the most mundane tasks. Do not look around you at what God is doing with other people, but focus on the here and now and what He is asking of you today. Do not consider anything that you do as unimportant. Everything that you are doing as His Temple has significance and can either lead people to Him or chase them away. God wants you to be a magnet to a lost world, drawing them closer to Him. He wants you to shine out as the Temple that you are and attract people to Him. And as soon as He sees your light shining brightly, He will raise you unto a hill so that more people can see His light shining through you. But until then, be faithful right there where you are.

Father thank you for Your plans for us. Thank you that we can know that our time of exaltation is coming. Please help us to be patient and faithful right where You have placed us. You know best Lord, our God and King. Amen

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    Posted Tuesday, 28 July 2020 at 2:30:33 PM


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