Do you ever think that God has forgotten about you? He must be busy because your gifts aren’t being used. “God, I’ve been in this place for so long!” You fill in the blank. I’ve been in school. I’ve been in this season. I’ve been… for so long.
David is one of the most famous men in the Bible. The mighty conquering king of Israel, there are many stories of him and his mighty men. But where did this ‘mighty man’ start? Tending sheep.
It would be so easy for him to think that there was nothing too special about his life. He was the youngest of eight boys. Think about that alone. The stereotype of the youngest of eight boys; he must’ve been pretty scrappy. He had to have been able to hold his own, but he probably took the brunt of his brothers.
From the description in the Bible, he most likely had red hair. The Bible doesn’t say anything about how tall he was, only that his oldest brother had very promising looks. He spent his days in the pastures tending sheep. His days were very lonely.
What did he do with those days alone? He became the best at what he did. He used his quiet times in the pasture to become an excellent marksman and musician. He was probably the best shepherd that Jesse ever had. He was willing to take a lamb out of the mouth of a lion and a bear.
Then one day, his life changed… or did it?
1Samuel 16:11-13 “And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all the young men here?’ Then he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.’ So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”
He was anointed king, but he wouldn’t become king for several years. The Holy Spirit was on him from that day forward. But he spent time in the palace playing for the king who was crazy.
What? But God, he was ready!! His days of preparation were over, right? He spent all that time taking the back seat to his older brothers. It was his time to shine. But God sees what we cannot.
David was a man forged through the fire. He went through trials that most of us would not have the courage to face. How did he stay on course? How did he stay focused and not throw in the towel?
David was a man who knew his God. He knew that God was faithful and that His Word doesn’t fall to the ground. In his lowest times, he turned to God.
God picked David, the least likely of his family because God knew that in times of fire he would respond. God knew that in David was the heart of a champion, not because he was tall and good looking, not because he was strong. But God knew that when he was most needed, David would respond to Him.
David didn’t waste his time. He was a young man of excellence. It was the character that he chose in the pasture that made him the man that he was in the wilderness. And it was the character that he chose in the wilderness that made him the man that he was in the palace.
What is the character that you are building? Don’t take the pasture seasons for granted. God knows your name. He’s got your number. He knows when He will need you. But are you becoming the person that He can count on when He needs you?
Don’t waste the time that God has given you. Each season is preparation for the next. This lifetime is merely preparation for all eternity. How you treat today affects your tomorrow. Don’t take it for granted.
Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”