Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 27)
Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, 'Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord.'
1 Samuel 30:26 (NKJV)
David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, 'If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; and let us bring the Ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul.' Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
1 Chronicles 13:1-4 (NKJV)
Then he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.
1 Chronicles 16:3 (NKJV)
Diplomacy is 'the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way' (Oxford English Dictionary); It's 'skill in managing negotiations and handling people, so there is little or no ill will' (Random House Dictionary). King David became a masterful diplomat.
As the youngest of eight sons, maybe he learned to beat bullies. As the player for King Saul, maybe he learned to sooth madness. As the hero of fierce wars, maybe he learned to lead soldiers. As the victim of betrayals, maybe he learned to move on.
As the leader of misfits and outcasts, surely he learned to love losers. As the head of a home bent and broken, surely he learned how to unite. As the king who sinned big and repented, surely he learned how to forgive. As the seeker of God first and foremost, surely he learned all that he needed.
King David became skillful in the Word--and the world, which taught him diplomacy.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: to rise like David, to win like David, you need to live like David: learn from every situation God allows you to experience--especially the hard ones. Become skillful in the Word and the world, because true diplomacy requires wisdom from the One and knowledge from the other.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.