(Read 1 Samuel 17:51-53)
Today I will continue with “Faith and Patience Volume 5 – Greater is Coming!” We are studying the life of David. In our last message, we covered 1 Samuel 17:51-53. We will stay there again today. Let’s get into it.
David was thrust into the national spotlight as a teenager while running an errand for his father. David was supposed to be taking lunch to his brothers and then head back home. But a routine errand turned into a life-changing event. God highlighted an opportunity. He felt in his heart that he had to do something about it. He embraced the grace of God, and he did just that. He killed a giant. He maximized his moment. Powerful things happen when God’s timing lines up with earthly opportunity. Many times, when we want the two to line up, but they are not lined up, and we are forced to exercise Godly patience. In this case, it worked out for David. He felt the urge in his heart, God gave him the green light, and he did the seemingly impossible.
To be clear, David was not looking for the spotlight, notoriety, or a fight. All David was doing was what his father asked him to do. But something funny happened on the way to lunch. David heard Goliath defy the only true God and he was led, by the Holy Spirit (who had recently come upon him during his spiritual coronation), to fight the giant.
Let me reiterate that every Soldier in Saul’s army had the opportunity to fight Goliath, but none took it. Partly because they were afraid, but more importantly, I believe it was because this was David’s assignment. Allow me to explain. Many preachers criticize Moses for striking the rock twice and claim that he would have led Israel into the Promised Land if he had not tempted God. However, I firmly believe that the job of leading Israel into Canaan was Joshua’s, and the Lord was not going to allow Moses to fulfill Joshua’s assignment. Moses had an assignment and the grace to perform it. So did Joshua. Moses could not do what Joshua was called to do. Nor vice-versa. Along the same lines, some criticize Peter for not ministering to the Gentiles. One can make the argument that Peter was prejudiced or a racist. However, ministering to the Gentiles was not Peter’s assignment, it was Paul’s. Peter had the grace to minister to the Jews, and then Paul came along, with the grace to minister to the Gentiles. Each Apostle operated in the grace for his divine assignment.
Getting back to this story, God was not going to allow any of the other Soldiers to step into David’s moment. David might have thought that he was there for an errand, but God had bigger plans. Before the foundations of the world, the Lord knew what David would do that day, and the grace was on him to accomplish it.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. What God has for you is for you.
— You are destined by God, and there are things connected with your destiny that God will not allow anyone else to fulfill. It is your race and your grace.
— No one can take what God has destined for you. Likewise, you can’t take what God has destined for others. Understanding this, you can celebrate the diversities of giftings and callings without jealousy. You don’t ever have to be jealous of anyone, because you are not them, and they are not you! This frees you to run your race, with your grace, at your own pace!
— When you know who you are, and you are truly comfortable being YOU, you know that celebrating others does not diminish you in any way.
— Everything you need to maximize your purpose and potential is either already IN you or available to you. But if you consume yourself attempting to be someone you are not called to be, you will be trying to run someone else’s race, and you will need things God won’t give you because they are not yours to have. They were prepared for someone else.
— The day you rest in WHO YOU ARE CALLED TO BE is the day you free yourself from unnecessary comparison and envy.
2. The Lord can change your life in a moment, but you have to wait on that moment.
— There is nothing God can’t do. He can elevate you in an instant. One Word from God can change your life forever.
— While God can elevate you in an instant, He will do so before your time. The day David fought Goliath was HIS TIME. When things lined up for David, he was able to walk into his destiny. I can overstate the importance of discerning God’s timing. God will not bless you with certain things before the proper time, because He knows that some things given prematurely can distract, derail, or even destroy you.
— This series is about adding patience to your faith. To live by faith successfully, you must get to the point where you know every blessing ordained for you will be manifested in your life at the appropriate time. David was anointed to be King when he was just 17 years old. But he did not become a King until he was 30. Along the way, he had to learn to make the most of every opportunity, knowing that every victory, and every challenge, were taking him incrementally closer to God’s overall destiny. My point is that you, like David, may know that you are called to do something big. But what you are doing right now is not what God revealed in your heart. So what are you to do? The answer is simple. Make the most of today, and God will lead you into your tomorrow. Be faithful over little, and God will give you charge over much. David had to kill a giant on the road to his destiny. You will face many giants on the path to your purpose as well. Just slay them as they arise, and be patient. Greater is coming for you!
— Being transparent, waiting for GREATER is easier said than done for me. When I know I am called to do something, and God tells me to wait on His timing, it is one of the hardest things for me to do. David killed a giant because the giant stood in front of him. But he could not MAKE HIMSELF King. He was called to be King, and he had to wait on God’s timing for the blessing to fully manifest. The waiting part is the hard part for me. If I have a giant to kill, I can focus on killing the giant. My mind and my faith are occupied with the giant until he is dead. But once he is dead, my heart goes right back to what God promised me. I think about it all the time. I meditate on it day and night. I know it is only a matter of time, but I am not the most patient person when it comes to something I know God has for me. I know GREATER IS COMING, and I know I have to wait on God’s timing, but I am being honest when I tell you that it is not always easy. So when I keep teaching on faith and patience, just know that it is ministering TO ME, before it ministers THROUGH ME!
— God can change your life in a moment, but you have to wait on that moment. When it happens, people will think you are an overnight success. But that’s because they don’t acknowledge the 10, 20, or 30 years it took for God to prepare you before your breakthrough came.
3. The grace of God on you can activate the grace on others.
— When David killed Goliath, it caused the Israelite army to break out of their stupor. It’s like they WOKE UP. As soon as they did, they attacked the Philistines. God used David to activate the grace on their lives.
— As a believer, realize that you are contagious! God can use you to activate and release things in others. The more God’s grace and power flow through us, the more God can use us to stir up the hearts of those we come in contact with. You are an agent of supernatural change!
— When you are committed to becoming the man/woman you are called to be, you know you will be in a faith-journey for the long haul. You accept the fact that some things will not happen for weeks, months, years, or decades. So you make the most of each day, knowing that with every passing moment, you are getting closer to your destiny. But another thing you realize is that God’s grace is on you to change the world. The grace on David’s life changed the entire Israeli army. The grace on your life can do something similar. You are a world-changer and an atmosphere setter. You are not moved by situations; you set and change conditions with your faith and God’s grace on your life. When David arrived at the Valley of Elah the national of Israel had been paralyzed by fear for 40 long days. God used David, as a teenager, to snap them out of it. If God did that through David, imagine what He will do through you!
— Right now people are afraid of COVID-19, of the economy, of the kids going back to school, and of their future in general. You are not afraid. Fear has no power over you! You are a world-changer! Go out into this day ready to activate the grace of God on your life, knowing that it will also stir up the faith of everyone you come in contact with, because that’s what world-changers do!
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I am called for such a time as this! What You have for me is for me. I appreciate what You are doing through others, but I refuse to allow envy to cause me to lose myself by chasing someone else’s assignment. I know who I am. I have the discipline to pursue my own purpose. Therefore, Your abounding grace is made available to me to accomplish everything You have destined me to accomplish while I am in the land of the living. And what You do in me helps to activate change in others. I am an agent of supernatural change! I am contagious. When people come in contact with me, something is activated in them that causes them to operate in their own divine assignment. GREATER IS COMING FOR ME and for everyone who comes in contact with me! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!