November 14, 2018
Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
I found that there is a concept of thinking has been built in our old logical mind that to conquer or achieve big things, we must make great effort, do spectacular things or things that looks great so that we will be able to achieve it. But actually, the way God works is not like that. God allows us to go through processes first, before being given greater responsibility. In the following explanations, we can see how God shaped David’s life.
Before David experienced a great victory by conquering the giant of Goliath, David had to go through various little things first. He obeyed to the order from Jesse his father, David sent breads as lunch for his brothers which are warriors, and also sent cheeses to the captain of thousand (1 Samuel 17:17-18).
If it is today, I can imagine that David as courier or online transportation courier to deliver lunch for his brothers at the office. It seems simple, but David did not underestimate the order, he still did it with a happy and joyful heart. On another moment, Jesse also gave an order for David to deliver the food to King Saul as an offering, because David was chosen to be one of the servants of King Saul (1 Sam 16:20)
On one occasion, David was promoted by being appointed as servant of King Saul, as his weapons carrier (1 Sam 16:21) and being a harp player for King Saul, but David still went back to take care of his father’s sheep (1 Sam 17:14 FAYH). Actually, David had a sheep keeper who could replace him when he was on duty, but David never neglected his duties.
In the silence of the field of shepherding (Ps. 23: 1-2), David used his times to DEVOTE HIMSELF to God everyday. By herding sheeps that are only 2-3, David actually has plenty of times to learn about fellowship, worship God and declare the word through praise and prayer. David also devoted himself on studying the Word and wrote the book of Psalms. David’s perseverance and his delight is in the Word, it is very clearly written at Psalm 1: 2 “…But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”
Since these moments, slowly but surely, God trained David to have deeper knowledge of God, and the mind of Christ began to be built in him. God allowed David faced lions and bears in his daily life (1 Sam 17:34-36). Of course this is like the “mountain of problems” he had to face. But with a burning heart because of the work of the Word and the Spirit that has worked since the anointing of Samuel, a strong spirit worked in David, he was able to conquer every lions and bears that attacked him, he did not run away! Again, in this desolated field, David trained himself to depend on God to conquer these small “Goliaths” (verse 37)
I found that there was actually a chance for King Saul to face Goliath, but he missed that moment. That moment should also be a chance for Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah, David’s brothers who became warriors on the battlefield. Didn’t Goliath challenge anyone to confront him? But they just missed that moment. Why did that happen? The answer is simple: because they are not ready.
When the time is come, in His sovereignty, I believe, for us who are faithful in little things, God would open the door of chance and grace to conquer the Goliath which has been prepared for us. If we are not ready yet, God would make the Goliath waits for us. Until when? Until we are ready.
Before we discuss far about influencing the cities and the future of the nations, in these times of peace, we must begin to follow the instructions of the spiritual father, no matter how simple the instruction is. By following the instructions of the spiritual father, we are stepping step by step our journey of faith. That’s where our obedience is being formed to become more perfect.
2 Corinthians 10 “… and being ready to punish all disobedience when YOUR obedience is FULFILLED.”
We don’t need to rush to talk about making an impact out there, if in attending Sunday Worship we still cannot be consistent, we often go on-off. While actually in worship and briefing (sermon) times, we are being trained, being renewed in our mind and spirit as a provision for our next journey of faith. Similarly, attending prayer groups. They always have reasons to not be able to attend.
It’s like a car that if used continuously, it would run out of fuel. By coming to the prayer group, we will be filled again, we will be recharged and refueled. These simple things are only a small part of the various areas that we must conquer in our lives as new creations.
In order for us to be faithful in small things, there are several things that we must focus on. #ILoveGod
This message will be continued tomorrow..
Ps. Steven Agustinus