Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Valiant! Like David: Preparation
David said to Saul, 'Your servant used to keep his father's sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it... and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.'
1 Samuel 17:34-36 (NKJV)
Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house.
1 Chronicles 22:14 (NKJV)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Psalm 23:5 (NKJV)
We serve a Lord of perfect preparation. He laid the foundations of heaven and earth. Every life is considered. Every hair is counted. 'For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them' (Ephesians 2:10).
He is our Father, but we don't always listen. He has plans for us, but we don't always wait.* Instead of patient continuance, we cry like babies, sass like teens... or demand like devils; we want what we want NOW!
In chasing crowns, we rush from calling to failure, urgency to inadequacy, and hope to despair. We are motion without preparation. Our actions are lightening strikes in a dry forest. Opportunities go up in flames.
King David was a man of action. Even so, he prepared for it diligently. He accepted his waiting periods as training grounds, and he readied himself. As a shepherd, he learned to herd, protect and fight; to write, play and pray. He learned humility and love.
As a warrior, he learned diligence, discipline and strategy. As a fugitive, he learned hardship, friendship and the value of every life. As a king, he learned leadership, fair play and utter dependence on God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: ignore the perp's push. Your Director has an entire show to plan. Many other lives, including your own, need to be made ready before your rising.
So don't hurry. Instead, value your training periods. David did--and he won big.
Because underneath it all, your real job is all about preparation: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God' (Isaiah 40:3).
## Valiant! Like David (Part 6)
* 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' ' (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, Valiant Like David. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.