From A Shepherd’s Heart (29 Apr)
By Ps Ng Liang Wei
On Wednesdays, we take a break from the prayer guide and hear from one of our pastors.
God Prepares Us To Overcome
Dear Lord, in times of difficulty, may we look to You and trust your heart for us even if we cannot see Your hand of deliverance clearly yet. In times of apparently meaningless routine, may we quietly rest in You and respond to each unexpected challenge. May we cherish You more than our distractions, and allow the emptiness in our hearts to be filled only with You and the things that You have deemed worthy. In Jesus Name, Amen.
34 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, 35 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. 36 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. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37
The Israelites were intimidated by a Philistine Giant named Goliath who was challenging them to go to battle.
How did God prepare David for this?
God prepared David when he was going about his duties as a shepherd boy responsibly. David was prepared when he was going about his routines. Do we allow God to prepare us in the midst of our routines? David could have chosen to run away or while away his time. He chose to walk in His responsibilities courageously. In times of crisis, instead of looking at the problems, choose instead to review how God has prepared us for this moment. Routine is the soil where the seeds of greatness are planted.
What can we tell about David from this passage?
God’s glory was important to David. Times of crisis allow us to consider carefully what is important to us. Do our well-being and personal glory reign in our minds? Focusing on the Glory of God helps us walk out of the quagmire of circular thought patterns that pull us earth-bound and lead to destructive emotions.
Invite the Lord to stand at the centre of our swirling emotions. Invite Him to reign right there.
David chose to bless the people who were in fear by stepping forward at their point of need. The people had a need, David saw the need and acted in a way that inspired confidence in God. Key questions to ask:
1) Do we allow our eyes to see the needs of others?
2) Do the ways in which we propose to help others inspire others to have faith in God or add to their fear?
3) Do the way that we help others restore their identity as God’s beloved?
Let’s see one and bless one.