Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 4)
And Samuel said to Jesse, 'Are these all the children?' And he said, 'There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep'... David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's flock at Bethlehem.
1 Samuel 16:11, 1 Samuel 17:15 (NASB)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
Philippians 4:11 (NKJV)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
Because David had God, he had contentment. When he was a home town shepherd, his brothers ridiculed him. 'Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness?' (1 Samuel 17:28). To them, his job seemed insignificant.
But not to God--nor to David. He was content. He made the most of his time, his place and his space. He used them to his advantage. David guarded his sheep, practiced his music, learned how to fight and stayed close to God.
He did not chase the crown he was promised. He waited patiently through the trials of a turbulent life. Therefore, he gained from every loss. He won in every defeat. He advanced from every pause--because God was His contentment.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: be content on humble stages. If you are, God will exalt you. Be content in lesser roles. If you excel, God will expand them. Be content in time delays. By patience, your harvest will come.
Be content with your appearance, because you are 'Fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14). If you need improvements, begin on a foundation of appreciation.
Children, be content with your parents. If you obey them, God will give you favor. Wives, be content with your husbands. If you respect them, God will give you joy. Husbands, be content with your wives. If you love them, God will give you honor.
The Apostle Paul learned contentment the hard way: 'I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong' (2 Corinthians 12:10).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.