What is your idea of living an adventurous life? Does the thought get you excited or make you cringe? For Nate Cook, high adventure included stripping off his clothes and every convenience, abandoning all comfort, and giving up control of every element in his environment. Me? I’m afraid of dead fish, so even the thought of spending time in “the wild” eating them freaks me out.
Why an adventure? Is it for fun? A change of scenery? To find out what you are really made of? Or is it bigger than that?
David, son of Jesse, was the youngest of eight sons and the overlooked runt of the litter. He was the shepherd of the family’s flock of sheep and goats. His job included guarding, guiding, and sitting around watching the flocks day after day. Alone. (See 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 Kings for his story.)
David’s closest companion was the one true God. Nothing came between them with David’s shepherding lifestyle. He spent hours talking to God, writing him love letters called Psalms, and praying for the ability to serve and understand the Creator of the universe.
David was hardworking, a deep thinker, and fearless in a fight—think about taking on a lion or bear with a club to protect your sheep. And he was obedient to his father, Jesse, and his Lord.
One day, God sent his prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to find and anoint the man God had chosen to be the king of Israel from among Jesse’s sons. God told Samuel that man would be, the seemingly least likely choice, David. Because he had a servant’s heart, David was God’s man. God was always at the center of his obedience and motivation.
You might say, from that day forward, David became the poster child for living a big, adventurous life. Sometime later, Jesse sent him to the front lines to deliver food to his brothers who were in King Saul’s army. When David arrived, he saw the king and the entire Israeli army standing on a hillside, overlooking the Elam Valley, paralyzed with fear while a giant of a man, named Goliath, taunted them every morning and night. Goliath was defying the army of the Living God of Israel.
David was furious that this pagan soldier would insult the Lord and defy the army of God and demanded to be allowed to fight Goliath. And so the adventure began! Ever since, the amazing career and life of David—described by God himself as “a man after my own heart” in Acts 13:22—have been immortalized in literature.
For the rest of his life, David continued risking life and limb against the enemies of God and Israel. His motivation? Serving the one true God. Did he ever fail, ever sin? You bet. But he also begged God for forgiveness, turned from his sin, paid whatever price the Lord demanded as the cost for that sin, and continued to love and serve God until the end of his life. In other words, a life of great worth is one lived for the glory of God. Now that’s an adventure.
What’s your adventure? I hope mine doesn’t include dead fish …
Have you ever considered the possibility that serving God could be the greatest adventure of your life?
If so, how is your life reflecting that viewpoint?
If not, why?
Ask God to give you clarity as to what he created you for by checking out the lives of some of the great heroes of the Bible. Pray for God to lead you into your own adventure serving him.
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Lord, thank you for making life about so much more than chores, jobs, and the day-to-day. I pray that you would help me live a life worthy of a child of God. Focus my perspective on you and whatever adventure you have for me, and give me the ability to be your servant all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Martha Smith, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study. Martha describes herself as a lover of Christ who likes to share faith with others.
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