But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!…” – 1 Samuel 17:34-37 (NLT)
On this journey called life, we carry an invisible back pack around with us. There are certain things, (lessons, perspectives, testimonies etc,) that we will receive as a result of enduring our current season through to the end. For instance, whenever someone goes on vacation, they pack up certain belongings they know they’ll need for the journey ahead. Thus, by neglecting to properly prepare they’ll be unable to perform certain tasks efficiently. So let me ask you this, are you prepared for what’s to come by being a faithful steward over your current portion?
Prior to David being anointed as king, he was a shepherd. And if we can be honest, in the eyes of most people, being a shepherd isn’t as glamorous as being king. Yet it was David’s faithfulness and obedience to God with the little that lead to him being blessed with more. One way to allow our circumstances to prepare us is to be obedient to what God has called us to do. Although David had already been anointed as king, he remained faithful to tending the sheep until God officially elevated him. This illustrates that only when God opens the next door should we move; and we show God we’re ready for elevation by being diligent over what’s currently in our possession.
BUILDING OUR FAITH
Not only is God preparing us, He’s building history with us through the trials and tribulations we’re currently facing. With each level of promotion comes a higher level of responsibility requiring more of us than the previous season. So if we haven’t properly prepared, we’ll buckle under the pressure. If you haven’t already heard, I’ll be the first to tell you… new levels = new devils. The Egyptians were nothing in comparison to what the Israelites would eventually face upon entering the promised land. The same applies to our spiritual journeys. So before bypassing our current wilderness, let’s use it to equip us for the upcoming battles ahead.
The bad news is that battles are inevitable. However, the good news is that just like with the Israelites, whatever God takes us to He will deliver us through. The residue of our previous victories can be a faith boost to trust that God will do it again. In my life, as my faith has strengthened in regards to my finances, there are things that don’t worry me because I’ve seen God’s provision in the past. There’s just a certain level of faith that comes with having a history with God that stills what would have otherwise been shaken. So no need to worry, God has ALL things under His control!
Lastly, I find it amazing how God will use our previous experiences as a tool in the following season. It makes me think of a video game I used to play, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Where my LOZ fans at? lol) Anyways, throughout the game, there were different quests and each quest had a boss to defeat etc. As you proceeded through the game, you gained equipment and other tools to assist you further into the story. So if you didn’t have a certain tool, you wouldn’t be able to proceed nor defeat a certain level. My point: In order for you to conquer your next season you must first conquer your current one. In this instance, conquering means to accomplish and learn all that God requires in order to be fully prepared for what’s to come. Had David not been a good steward over his shepherd season, he wouldn’t have possessed the knowledge nor faith to defeat Goliath (with the favor of God of course). So despite how difficult it may be, remain planted, stand firm and accomplish everything that God requires of you right where you are.
It can be difficult remaining content with the “little” we have but God will use this season to build our faith and prepare and equip us to handle what’s to come. So don’t neglect what’s in front of you rushing towards what you think is ahead of you. Your next season is only as fruitful as your current harvest. Got endurance?
Peace and love.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. – Luke 16:10 (NLT)