This past weekend, Josh discussed three main points of how God uses us. On Tuesday, we learned that God wants us to be faithful in the little things. Yesterday, we learned that God wants us to have faith that he is the one that will do the work. Today, we are unpacking how an unhealthy focus on yesterday will limit how God wants to use us today. God has been preparing us all along, and what we are experiencing today will help us to face what we come up against tomorrow.
1 Samuel 17:34-35
34 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, 35 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.
It was not on the day David took lunch to his brothers on the front line of battle that he decided to fight Goliath. He had actually made the decision long before he had even heard the Philistine taunting the nation of Israel and making fun of their God. David made the decision when he chose to trust God and do what he had been called to do, even when it seemed impossible. David knew that God had protected him while he was tending the sheep and gave him strength to handle any threats. He trusted that the same God who had delivered him from the lion and the bear would now deliver him from the giant.
For the Lord is Good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
God’s Word is timeless. What was true during biblical times is true today. God prepared David to defeat Goliath, and we can trust that he is preparing us today for something important tomorrow. Ten years ago, I lost a dear friend who had struggled with cancer for nine and a half years. I was devastated and experienced great sadness. I leaned on God during my time of mourning, and he gave me strength. Little did I know that God was preparing me for something. About a month ago, a friend of mine also lost a life-long friend to cancer. With the coping skills God provided me, I was able to help my friend. God brings us through struggles, so we can then help others.
Are you trusting God in something that you are going through right now? Have you asked God to help you learn from it?
Are you aware that an unhealthy focus on your past will limit how God wants to use you today?
Are you trusting God for your future?
God chose David to be the king of Israel and taught him how to have courage and strength. Journal experiences in your past that God used to prepare you for today. Look for opportunities to help others who are struggling today.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to see things as you see them. Grant me the ability to learn from what I have experienced yesterday so that I may be used by you today and in the future. Inspire me with courage. Thank you for providing opportunities that I may help others. Help me to realize that I have a part in your glorious plan. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She is enjoying retirement and feels blessed to be writing for LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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