“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, 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.”
– 1 Samuel 17:34-35 NIV
Have you ever been a beneficiary of remaining faithful to a mundane task, serving in obscurity, and experience a life-changing encounter that felt like a reward for your service? When speaking to a group of parents or teachers, I have often told the story about a young lady I worked with in the past that reinforced the value of demonstrating ‘good character.’ In visiting her classroom, I discussed with the students rewards, or positive outcomes, related to demonstrating ‘good character,’ that are not necessarily monetary. To test this theory, the students agreed to what I called a ‘science experiment,’ by doing their chores for 2 weeks without being told to see what the result would be. The young lady volunteered and admitted that she was not doing chores and her mom was usually upset because of it.
After one week, she acknowledged that her mom smiled more and she felt better because of it. I said, ‘Great! You received 2 rewards. Your mom smiling and you feeling better because of it.’ At the conclusion of the second week, she acknowledged that she was now receiving an allowance for doing her chores. Within 2 weeks she went from not doing anything to becoming a positive influence within her home that changed the atmosphere of the environment of her home. Someone who is willing to invest themselves in affecting change is what we regard as a ‘change agent,’ which requires great courage and faithfulness to the task until the change comes to pass.
After being anointed king, David was elevated from the obscurity of the pasture into the palace of the king because of his ability to play the harp. Unknown to everyone was David’s ability to handle himself in conflict, especially against an adversary like Goliath. His father, Jesse, disregarded him when it came time for one of Jesse’s sons to be anointed king. His brother disrespected him, out of jealousy, when David came to the battlefield to provide for the king’s men as they hid in fear afraid to confront Goliath. Now Saul tries to discourage him from facing Goliath, feeling David is in over his head. David recalls to Saul his history in overcoming adverse circumstances and the victories he has had in the past that filled him with great confidence and assurance that the same God who gave him victory in the past will grant him favor in the face of Goliath! David’s faithfulness in tending the sheep for his father Jesse, along with encountering and overcoming the opposition of the lion and bear, prepared him for the current obstacle on his path towards his destiny in becoming king. Recalling God’s favor in his past circumstances filled David’s heart with courage to face the present with confidence he would be victorious!
May God bless you and help you to face your current circumstances with courage and hope, recalling God’s faithfulness and favor in the past, so you can experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have!