No Coincidences

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This weekend, Josh Whitlow talked about how we can experience limitless potential in our current placement. Today, we will focus in on 1 Samuel 17 where we pick up the story of David.

1 Samuel 17:17-20 
17 One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. 18 And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” 19 David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. 20 So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him.

Although David had already been anointed as the future king of Israel, he is still out in the fields with the sheep. His father asks him to be delivery boy and messenger, not exactly kingly duties. Instead of seeing this errand as a distraction or an annoyance, however, David obeys his father. This story clearly teaches that extraordinary outcomes begin with ordinary obedience and that this is one of the ways we can begin to experience limitless potential in our current placement.

But how do we get into the position to be used by God at a moment’s notice?

David accomplished it through what seems to be a series of coincidences. His dad, Jesse, just happened to ask him to go take lunch to his brothers serving in King Saul’s army who just happened to be on the front lines facing the Philistines and Goliath. David had some serious fighting skills from protecting his flock of sheep from lions and bears. Finally, David, a teen, coincidentally, chose to obey his dad and go without hesitation or complaint.

There’s only one problem: God does not “do” coincidences. God used David’s ordinary obedience to his father’s request to run an errand and his years of obediently protecting those sheep to go down in history as “David the Giant Killer.”

There is one more thing that made him useful that day. David, the writer of many of the most beautiful psalms, also had great respect for God. Consequently, he was filled with righteous indignation when he heard this pagan challenge the army of the one true God. So, his obedience and desire to serve his true master, the great I Am, gave him the ability to serve right where he stood.

We, too, can be just like David. Above all, put service to God at the center of your life every day, and he will bless you with plenty of opportunities to serve him and to help others to know him. Do this by making yourself available to God. Put spending time with him in the Bible and prayer first on your “to do” list — not your cell phone, not your kids, not your job — God and the Bible. Then, you will be able to hear him clearly when he calls, and you will be eager to obey.

Living a life of service for the Lord unlocks his limitless potential in you and will give you the best life there is: full of deep meaning, rewarding actions, and blessings beyond number. How can living for yourself stack up against living for the Lord?  It can’t.

Questions:
Where is God calling you to obey today?

Do you hold yourself accountable for living a Christ-centered life? If not, why not?

What will you do to change?

Next Steps:
Begin spending time in God’s Word and in prayer at the beginning of your day. You will be amazed at how this changes your life for the better.

Take God with you into every situation and pray without ceasing.

Prayer:
Good morning, Lord. I turn this day and my time in it over to you.  Please use me however you want in your service. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


This post was written by Martha Preckler. Martha loves Jesus and growing closer to him every day. She loves serving on the Sparkle Team and Greeter Team, as a Landing Leader, GrowthTrack hostess, and fill-in writer for LIO. Martha is the grateful mother of two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Both sons are good writers, but one is a published urban fantasy writer and self-proclaimed grammar dictator, which he swears he picked up from his mother. She has been a Toledo Business Journal contributor, speech writer, as well as creator of dozens of promotional pieces for seniors’ events and programming offer by the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.


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2 replies
  1. Dave Schoeff
    Dave Schoeff says:

    “Above all, put service to God at the center of your life every day, and he will bless you with plenty of opportunities to serve him and to help others to know him.” I love this…so simple: centered on serving Jesus.

  2. Cathy Thibodeau
    Cathy Thibodeau says:

    “How do we get into the position to be used by God at a moments notice?” Not by coincidence……but by “ordinary (daily) obedience.” Thanks, Martha. This is a great reminder of how important obedience to God is, and how studying His Word every day keeps us in that frame of mind.

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